Here is a little screen shot of our program for 100 4th-graders in Wisconsin in June with our teacher pal Dave Oberbillig, and thanks to the school's teacher Julia Massino. Dave's son Ian filmed the 60 minute tour on his smart phone (I don't have one of those) and what fun, Dave and I in the upper left corner, kids all over the place. We had them all hoot like an owl at the end, and perhaps they still are! Hooting that is.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Our little Aplomado Falcon Sonora spent about 20 minutes on the jade plant by the window, watching the bird feeder. A bunch of baby pheasants and both parents have been showing up this week, cool. That vertical blue line is one of three strips of yarn with lead split shot at the end, hanging from the awning. With the reflective glass, it's a good idea to hang something in front to help prevent bird strikes. It seems to work, mostly.
Saturday, July 25, 2020
We were supposed to be in Bannack State Park and Ghost Town today for a return engagement, seems like every two years. Anyway, cancelled or should I say, postponed until next July. Here we were in 2006 with Rob Domenech, Raptor View Research Institute, and Nigel the Golden Eagle. FUN!
Thursday, July 23, 2020
This nest is directly over my friend's road, on the way to and from taking the dogs for an walk/adventure every day. I have been watching these two young almost out-grow the tiny nest. Western Wood-Pewee by voice. You know those identical flycatchers - bust out your Sibley Guide to Birds!
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Ever since the lockdown started, I have been working on my book Falcons of North America, 2nd edition. Here was Sonora helping me today to land on my shoulder and preen my hair as I worked on the Prairie Falcon Species Account, with thanks to expert editors Mike Kochert and Karen Steenhoff. Sonora was a gift to us from The Peregrine Fund 7 years ago, a champ. Almost ready to have the manuscript ready for publishers, Mountain Press. Then the 120 new photos!
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Monday, July 6, 2020
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Friday, July 3, 2020
The young have fledged at the Peregrine nest at Bonner, so stop, look and listen when you put in or take out your raft. Young chase the parent around, feigning starvation and screaming like a banshee! This will be the scene for several weeks to come, on the big cliff.