Saturday, October 24, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Our pal and treasured board member Bev Glueckert has bird-proofed her two cats with these clever collars. They have a bell, and also a break-away mechanism if they get hung up somehow. With the bright colors and noises, they alert birds in the yard that they are present. So far, so good, and looking a little Elizabethan, or clown-like! Might be a great way to keep these birdwatching cats doing just that, watching.
Monday, October 19, 2020
We finally put to rest my dictionary, a gift from my Mom in 1978 when I left high school in Cincinnati to attend college in Missoula. A trusty friend all these years and time to retire. Goodbye, loyal pal, soon in the landfill, -oops, recycling - also in Missoula. In the stack with the old phone books.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
I was just getting back from a falcon fly with Sib and Nico and thought I would get a photo of the nice larch trees and sculptures by the driveway. Right when I hit the shutter a huge flock of blackbirds flew by. Bet there was a Merlin in there somewhere.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
I got an email from Wildlife Biologist and artist Scot Franklin, and my eyes popped when I saw the attachment. A mahogany Bald Eagle/Kestrel, WOW. He writes, "I do woodcarvings, and when I saw the kestrel attacking eagle photo in the 2017 MT Outdoors photo issue, I pretty much instantly knew that was going to be my next carving. How in the world did you get that shot?? I mostly need a good scene with a straight on side view to carve and there it was." It took him three years, 18" x 13" x 1 3/4" and now graces his wall (or his girlfriend's, can't decide!) Scot is a fellow 1980's U of M Grad and works for the BLM in Butte, and this made my day. No, year.
ps, Scot wrote: "Glad I could make your day. Doesn't take much to make somebody's year in 2020. Credit yourself for giving me the inspiration!"
Monday, October 12, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020
We have had two and three Blue Jays showing up here, mostly in the fall and spring and heard them before I spotted them. "Hey, thats a bird call from my past," like Ohio. These eastern birds are showing up more often around Montana, highly adaptable, intelligent and great mimics - wait 'till you hear their Red-tail imitation. These ones are shy and I have been trying to get some photos, this through the glass from the office. More on the way.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
I love this time of year, the colors, and a visiting young Bald Eagle on the building today with Sonny and Nigel, there all morning. In 2012 four fledgling Bald Eagles were lined up, three from the nest across the river and one stray. And no, I don't feed them, the wild eagles that is. They are mostly curious I think, and never a problem with our birds.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
We have been flying every day at our favorite neighborhood spot, One Horse Creek for the last three weeks. Sib isn't done molting, is fat as can be, but flying like a pro and not landing all the time like at the beginning. Time to hunt 'em up, duck stamp in the vest.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Monday, October 5, 2020
I am finishing the very last edits for the new book, Falcons of North America 2nd Edition, Sonora the Aplomado helping me today right by the desk here in the office. Next we are working on layout and design, the way fun part, 250 photos and a bunch of new ones, about 150. Larger format and experts from Mountain Press Publishing polishing this project!
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
We hosted our friend Michael Workman today for a filmmaking day, starting early in the morning and starring Sibley the Peregrine. I jessed her up in the enclosure, then a walk to the river, and perching in the yard. Then another walk to the river...lots of shots. I hadn't seen Michael since he was a kid, and now a Masters’s Degree in Film from Stanford University, so we talked movies and directors the whole time, way fun. I think we may hire Michael for another little film over here to play with all of our ZOOM requests lately, no live programs scheduled.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
This young Red-tailed Hawk was struck by a car yesterday, and was reported, "still alive," miraculous. I extracted her from the grill of the Subaru with a little help and delivered her today to our pal Becky Kean from the Raptor Conservation Center in Bozeman, meeting half-way for the exchange - Subaru's on either side, coincidence? The ulna was broken in two spots mid-wing, and hopefully releasable. If anyone can fix her, they can and cross your fingers! I do not do rehabilitation but was talked into this by the driver, saying, "she's looking right at me" so a quick drive to Stevensville!
Friday, September 25, 2020
Last evening, this adult (!) Osprey flew in and perched over the Bald Eagle nest. The nest is seen just by the signature, left of the K, right of the ©. I sprinted over to my old viewing spot on the bank and he suddenly flew. That's why - the Bald Eagles claiming property rights. I say adult (!) because it is usually young birds hanging around now, parents long gone. They are told apart by white edges to all those dark feathers on the hatch-year birds. I'll post one next. This Osprey is from far away, north of us, passing through, I'll bet you bucks.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Join host Annie Garde and me at 4 pm MST today on Montana Public Radio's Pea Green Boat, found left of the FM dial, 89.1 in Missoula and streaming everywhere on earth at mtpr.org. Today we will discuss our favorite book she has been reading, Jean Craighead George's My Side of the Mountain, a classic and steered me and untold numbers of others to the sport of falconry. Plus we'll have a Sibley the Peregrine update, and talk about my new book, Falcons of North America 2nd Edition, the big project for the last six months, from Mountain Press Publishing Company here in Missoula. See you then- oh, this is a Phoney, by telephone!
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Sorry for the big blog gap, as I have been working non-stop to complete the Falcons of North America 2nd Edition book. My pals at Mountain Press Publishing asked me to install all of the photos and captions in the text, a lot easier said than done! 257 photos in all. So I handed it off to editor Jennifer, then layout and design Jeannie, then another look by me. Whew, what a book - me (and Nick and Rob) so proud. The LAST photo installed, Peregrine in training, 59 new photos from me, nearly 150 new photos total and some major updates in the text.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Yes, our Raptors web site (www.raptorsoftherockies.org) was hacked, and look at the perpetrators. Cialis! Of all things. Many, many thanks to Webmaster Steve Palmer for fixing it right away. Whew, scary.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
DONE! Submitted to Mountain Press Publishing Company yesterday and six months almost exactly since I began work on this project. The first version was the favorite of my six books, and came out 12 years ago. Now, major edits and updates, 150 new photos and a total of 264 from Rob Palmer, Nick Dunlop, me, plus some guests. Psyched for this one, larger format! WHEW!
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Mookie our favorite dog passed away Saturday, nearly 10 years old and our family. She suffered a stroke about a month ago and was on pain meds, then appetite meds, then she just gave up. A rough night and died here at her home. She was our constant companion, hikes and hunting with the Peregrine, and always laid down in any body of water she came across, river or irrigation ditch. RIP Mook, XXOO.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
The biggest bird of all, an Aircrane was sucking water out of the Bitterroot River next to the eagle enclosure yesterday afternoon, and Nigel the Golden Eagle didn't budge. That neighbor taking pictures by the fence on the left sure did. They were battling the Cinnabar blaze in the Sapphires. LOUD!