Friday, April 9, 2021

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Top Story

Front page in the Ravalli Republic newspaper today and great story by Perry Backus, who has been covering the Raptor Ranch news for over a dozen years. Always a treat and coming up in the Missoulian as well! 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Ice On the River

 Jay Sumner and I spent a day in the field looking for Peregrines, and this bit of the North Fork of there Blackfoot River, ice abounds. Two out of three cliffs occupied.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Dumb Old Eagles

My laziness did not go unrewarded. I watched the female eagle get up and move around the nest from the house with binoculars for an hour, and finally grabbed the Big Camera for a walk. For one hour, 30 minutes at the beach, nothing. I said, 7 pm I'm done, so put the camera back in the bag, JUST as all heck broke loose. Missed most of it and one shot before I dejectedly returned home. Oh well. Four more months to go. Let's see...incubation began on March 15th...35 days and hatching...fledging on the 4th of July....hanging around a begging forever...okay, five months.

Saturday, April 3, 2021


 How 21st Century, and after some glitches on my end, Nick Dunlop began, I finished up - a killer program on photography and our new book. 147 folks registered and Kirsten Elliot reported: "Thank you for the incredible opportunity you provided to the HawkWatch International community yesterday! We even had one woman who attended—and ordered the book—all the way from Australia! She's willing to pay an extra $30 just to have it shipped to her!" My brother Jonathan was watching from New Jersey and sent these screen shots. What FUN and Sib and Sonora were stars! During the second hour of "Meet and Greet" we got the idea to produce updated posters for the schools. Next project, now at the tail end of the pandemic.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

What an April Fools Day Party We Are Having!

Hawkwatch International presents: "Intro to Raptor Photography with Kate Davis & Nick Dunlop!" Thursday April 1st at noon MST. An hour of instruction and discussion from the folks that brought you the book Falcons of North America. Fun in the virtual world and free! Just need to register click HERE. 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Nest Rest

 The female was in the big nest yesterday, just the top of her head showing then she stood up, "Oh, you again!" I think she was just having a little rest, perhaps early for eggs, but who knows with these two.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Big Day

Friday and first, Mom got her second COVID vaccine shot, hurray! We met some friends that were there three weeks ago, and one was Raptor Backer Fran Coover. Here's our first book sale, right there in the Lucky's parking lot. A fine beginning and order forms on line (and FaceBook) soon. Act now and get a free bookmark!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Rockin Rudy's CARDS!

Our absolute favorite business in Missoula is Rockin Rudy's and here is our favorite model Erin displaying our notecards today, a bunch of new ones. All proceeds to benefit the education program, and I buy all my jazz CD's from Luke and Jesse. Thanks owner Bruce for helping us out all these years, and surprise- a Falcons book signing soon in the park across the street! WOW!

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021


Same birds and tree, same time of day, different outcome as instead of mating this time she flew off, perhaps startled. To be honest, scared the heck out of me as I saw a dot coming from the sky in a stoop and there he was one second later, "Honey, I'm home." You know how it is.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Omnipresent Hawks

These two are just downstream at our friend Dan's property, their third year and a big ole nest. After mating, he perched on her back for about a minute, watching other hawks high above. AND the Bald Eagles are on eggs, nest at the river, whew! Projects galore. I'm sure my Mom will ask if I "have enough film."


Monday, March 15, 2021


Western Bluebirds and spiders, spring is here. Bring it on!


Sunday, March 14, 2021


 Red-tails have been nesting for a few years at our pal Dan's property just downstream a bit. Of course the male (smaller size on the left) showed up after I headed home, a quick backtrack and they both flew. PLENTY of time for this project!

Saturday, March 13, 2021


 I am starting to think the eagles are just teasing me again this year, a photo from the edge of the yard yesterday afternoon. The nest is just above my signature, larger female eagle perched on the left. In 2016 she began incubating on March 12th, the next year March 5th! Nothing yet.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Sonora on the Sculpture

My metal Raven sculpture has been a favorite perch for Sonora the Aplomado Falcon lately during her morning trip indoors. (Yes, a sheet of newspaper is underneath each of these perches. I knew you would ask.)

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Winter Rebounds

Little "blizzards,"  looking out at the pigeon loft, scope on the Bald Eagle nest.  Hey, it's March weather!

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Nice Grass!


Last Day

Sibley the Peregrine's last day of flying for the season with all of the newly-territorial hawks and eagles in the air. She caught a trophy ball of grass on her last pass, headed for the car.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Bald Eagle News

The eagles by our house last evening at the nest tree. They began in 2011 and for 7 straight years fledged young, three years with three! However, Canada Geese have been in the in the nest the last few springs. This looks hopeful for 2021, fingers crossed.

Thursday, March 4, 2021


Play Day for our best pals and our best dogs at the river this morning.  Mike Deneve, Cassie the Awesome, Ellen Condon talking to Nico, and to her new puppy Stuart. Ellen is teaching them to count, starting with 1, then new languages and algebra. They are so smart!

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Birthday Mom!

Sally's birthday today, here with Betsy and her puppy Bella, a cake from Rosauer's, and the day after her first COVID vaccine shot.     87 Years Young and Right On, Mom! XXOO

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Jake's Kestrel

 Our buddy Jake Snowden shared his new Kestrel painting with us. Love the colors...and black cloud. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Eagle Nest

 Young Bald Eagles may return to their nest at any time of year.  (Just kidding.)

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Minutes Ago

Teamwork with Nico. Actually they were both watching a bunch of Canada Geese flying away, bye.

Then Sib says, "Enough is enough...let's go home."

Friday, February 19, 2021


The hawk was eating a rodent and quickly swallowed what was left when she was interrupted by a magpie. These poplar trees are not native, but offers a nice visual for photos.

Thursday, February 18, 2021


See any that you like? We sell these at Rockin' Rudy's and the Good Food Store, and on the web and out of the Subaru. My photos over the years, and all proceeds to Raptors of the Rockies. Expertly crafted by Pyramid Printing  in Missoula, thanks Jodi! Thinking of producing a new calendar as well, all sorts of images this time. What do you think? (click to see 'em all)


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Steve To the Rescue!

Our pal (and Raptors Webmaster) Steve Palmer saw the post from yesterday and kindly offered to plow us out, our savior. He said it was like a wall of concrete getting through that, yikes. I know that my feeble attempts with the snow blower and powering through the drifts in the Subaru didn't help much, flooring it and twisting side to side. It was heavy snow that set up, and more on top. Great Steve, and can hardly wait to thank you and Mindy properly at Lolo Peak Brewery, when it's safe again. 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Another View and SNOW

Sonora on her favorite perch, and our nearly-impassable driveway (even in a Subaru) just before the big snowstorm started this afternoon. Our dear friend Mike has kindly plowed us out for years, and has wisely skipped this month hanging in Arizona.  The snowblower just doesn't cut it, trust me. Oh well. 

Sunday, February 14, 2021


I just framed the "Insulators and House Wren" photo for the wall, my new favorite, next to previous favorites Great Blue Heron, left and Trumpeter Swans, below. The big painting is Richard Sloan "Gyrfalcon" from 1977, another favorite in our family forever. New cards at Rockin' Rudy's next week, including this one.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Bird House

 With well-below zero temperatures, these friends come inside for a while:

Sonora and Sibley are perfectly comfortable as they are in here everyday anyway, and Owen is fine, iPod is always fussy. We might hear a brief toot-toot-toot coming from a kennel in the living room, any time of day or night!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

MAM's Big Night

The gala annual event has gone virtual this year, the Missoula Art Museum Benefit Auction.  Usually packing the University Center Ballroom with the crème de la crème, now everyone will be in front of their computer for the live bidding. Check out 120 pieces - drypoint etching from me (#115) and lovely print from Bev Glueckert (#34),  and the other awesome art. Friday, February 12th, starting at 6 pm. Be there!