Jillian's first program, back in 2003 at an elementary school in Hamilton, MT. After the assembly, she was a model in a drawing class for 3rd graders. A natural, and joining me for a TEDx Talk in 2015, on YouTube.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Kit Lacy, Bird Curator at Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon just gave us a Little Jake update and included a few photos. If you remember, Jake was given to our friends at Cascades when we found he had some health issues and wouldn't be trained for falconry. They tended to a sore foot for months and now he has completely healed, and check out his new digs, 12' x 12', the center of attention. Kit wrote, "As would be expected people are just loving being able to get up close to him and watch him. He plays all day long. He has fallen in love with these canvas fish toys that he carries around his space all day long. Yesterday, I heard two different sets of guests say as they were leaving, “let’s go and say goodbye to Jake before we leave.” What a fan favorite."
Monday, October 26, 2020
A Peregrine carries a partially eaten American Coot, a wonder how they catch
these aquatic birds that rarely fly and seem to completely disappear underwater to escape.
Then Sib caught one that was flying! Going to change the caption...
Yesterday we were duck hunting watching a big raft of American Coots cruising back and forth when one actually flew. Members of the rail family, they are awkward fliers and prefer to run across and disappear underwater. I said out loud, "Wow, that's something you never see." Right then another one flew the other direction and Sibley took off in hunting mode. I wasn't sure what happened but she disappeared for 15 minutes, and Nico (and the telemetry receiver) located her way under the snow at the base of a big willow bush. A coot! And I had to break several limbs off to extract her, buried and plucking away and I would never have found her without help. Nope, never caught a coot before, and she got to eat most of it as a treat. Not for human consumption, apparently, with a hunting daily bag limit of 25!
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!