Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Mantis

 A preying mantis in my Mom's yard yesterday, cool. Ooops, PRAYING mantis.


Saturday, September 18, 2021

Sib the Good Girl

 Sibley was perfect for her Zoom program yesterday for the Montana Book Festival, and so was Sonora the Aplomado Falcon. Me so proud.





Friday, September 17, 2021

Book Award

Here is what I was presented for winning the Montana Book Award Grand Prize in 2011 for Raptors of the West with Rob Palmer and Nick Dunlop! "Rancho DeLuxe" is a favorite movie that a friend took me to see when I was in high school. He thought it would change my decision to move to Montana for college, and man, was he wrong! The poster is signed by the movie's writer, Thomas McGuane.  I met him at the Montana Book Festival the year before and I told him that story, the whole time with Sibley on my glove. I doubt he heard a word, and asked me at the end, "Tell me about that bird." HA!

Montana Book Festival program today on line at 1 pm




Monday, September 13, 2021

Montana Book Festival 2021 Goes Virtual

Had to be done, and much prefer live and in person. I will present an overview of my program, photos and books, emphasis on Falcons of North America Second Edition, my favorite, from Mountain Press Publishing here in Missoula. We'll have a Powerpoint and visit with Sibley the Peregrine and Sonora the Aplomado Falcon, Friday September 17th, 1-2 pm. You may register at the Festival website  - see you on Friday (I wish...)


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Painting Time

Shifting gears from the ink and printing press, and now gouache paint and Arteza Brush Pens. I usually paint two at a time, edition of 8 and almost ready to post the final product. On the screen is an Owen face I am using for reference.  This is so fun, stand up comedy on the speakers (Bill Burr and Lewis Black today.)




Friday, September 10, 2021

Osprey Again

 Here's that same bird with a nice whitefish, apparently unfazed by the broken feathers. 


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Hawk/Dog Walk

Maizee and Nico just down the road for a little recreation. That's our house just above the left edge of the roof-rack.


Monday, September 6, 2021

Etching Day

My new etching of a Saw-whet Owl, and Maizee was helping me in the printmaking studio today. I will post when I get the painting just right, edition of 8,  8" x 10". That black and white "bedspread" is actually a giant woodcut print, made by me and Bev Glueckert for the Day of the Dead Parade 18 years ago! Printed on a big sheet, inking and running it over with a steamroller; a treasured piece for me, located in the studio.





 


Friday, September 3, 2021

River Time

An adult male Osprey with several broken feathers. That sure won't be helpful in the upcoming (soon) migration, at least 1000 miles one way. Gotta love an Osprey, about my favorite.

This is about how deep the Bitterroot River was this summer, Nico's knees.



Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Off On the Art Mobile

Our friend Renee Taaffe came by the Raptor Ranch to choose an art piece to include for the traveling Art Mobile of Montana, and she chose "Peregrine Cliff Redux." My etching will join 21 other works by contemporary Montana artists for the Art Mobile, 2- and 3- dimensional pieces. Renee is the teaching artist and hits the road in October, visiting more than 50 schools across the state. Glad our Peregrine will be on board!





Sunday, August 29, 2021

Powerpoint and Cranes

A sneak peek of my presentation today , and two Sandhill Cranes hanging in front of the house.



Saturday, August 28, 2021

Big Day - NorthEast Hawk Watch

Tomorrow is our big day on the east cost...via ZOOM Webinar! Our friend Paul Roberts had me as a speaker ten years ago and asked that I return for the 50th Anniversary Celebration. Instead, by computer and I have a nice PowerPoint, then joined by Sibley and Owen. Raptor Lovers far and wide!



Thursday, August 26, 2021

Tonight!

Right across the river from where I was sitting! Thanks, pals.
 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Book Exchange

Ian at our display at Missoula's Book Exchange right when you walk in.  Our Falcons of North America Second Edition was the featured Book-of-the-Month, and I just signed a bunch yesterday. I also have a box in my car!


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Resident

Our young Bald Eagle, presumably one from the nest across the river, is always around here somewhere, and no, we don't feed her.


Monday, August 23, 2021

Maizee The Star, With Bets

 What a day at Seeley Lake yesterday, another visit to the Double Arrow Homestead Pavilion with Alpine Artistry, Sibley's third trip there. She did a flight display for the audience about 10 years ago, this time with Maizee, Owen and Simon, all on their best behavior. It was outdoors, a big line for book signings and a couple hundred people all told, including my assistant, sister Betsy. The last one of these for a while, COVID cautious, the Bird Of Prey Festival in Kalispell cancelled.


 

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Sunday at Seeley

See you tomorrow at Seeley Lake, falcons, owls and books! Starting at 1 pm at the Double Arrow Homestead Pavilion, signs directing you from town. Psyched! And an Osprey from last night....


Friday, August 20, 2021

Jazz Sessions!

What fun yesterday, spinning jazz discs for two hours in Montana Public Radio with Jon Jackson, a walking encyclopedia of musical knowledge (and cuisine- "The Food Guys" with Greg Patent.) We even jammed to the 15 minute-plus Gil Evans classic, la Nevada, a record Jon said he'd listened to about a couple thousand times, or something like that. Right at the end I found a Radiohead CD that had been lost for months, hiding in the Pat Martino case. I told Jon that I loved jazz and Radiohead, and he announced, "I love Radio."  HA!





Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The Other Event

 

Events

 I will be back hosting Jazz Sessions on Montana Public Radio, this time with my absolute hero Jon Jackson! Thursday, 2-4 pm MST. Left of the FM dial at 89.1 in Missoula and streaming live across the planet at MTPR.org.  Maizee is helping me choose the CD's we will feature - Monk, Brubeck, Ahmad Jamal, Weather Report, Freddie Hubbard,  Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, ..lots of live recordings and we usually "wing it."


Monday, August 16, 2021

Kestrel Look!


 

Strike a Pose, Sonora

Hey Sonora! Could you please imitate that Bald Eagle/Kestrel photograph for us?
     Great, thanks.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

It's Official

 I am now out of wall space, Sonora on the door perch alerts me. The big White Gyrfalcon is a print by Richard Sloan, 1977, love it.


Thursday, August 12, 2021

Maizee is Amazing

Today Maizee caught her first quarry. A grasshopper flew in the car - nailed, engulfed and devoured. Two tufts of down remain on her head and flight training begins.


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Skipper Annie Meets Maizee

A natural, Maizee's first ever Pea Green Boat on Montana Public Radio, host Annie Garde's pal already. She recalled having Sibley in a laundry basket in the studio when she was first starting as PGBoat Skipper. Eighteen years ago!

Monday, August 9, 2021

Montana Public Radio Debut

Maizee had her very first program yesterday at Ninemile Community Center, packed 'em in there after a rain storm so inside and standing room only! She and Sibley, Owen and Simon were the stars. So tomorrow her debut is on the Pea Green Boat, Montana Public Radio and Skipper Annie Garde, 4 pm MST - 89.1 FM in Missoula, left of the FM dial and on mtpr.org around the globe. 


Saturday, August 7, 2021

Release

Flies Away,

And see you at Nine Mile Community Center at 2 pm tomorrow (Sunday) for a Raptors of the Rockies program! Everyone is welcome, books for sale





 

Bye-Bye, Lucky Hawk

A week ago our friend and neighbor Allan Foss delivered this young Red-tail that was stuck in his fence, and what was crazy was what has hanging from her mouth. She was choking on a desiccated Columbian Ground squirrel skin, lodged way in her throat and hanging down 12 inches! She had maggots forming at the gape and was starving, so it had  been a while. I ended up cutting it off far back in her mouth and hoped that peristalsis would work its magic. She had the most awkward posture I've ever seen (check it out) for days, but eating that evening, digestion eventually fine, fattened up and released this morning at Allan's. Bye-bye and don't do that again; an example of the reason for 65% mortality in first year raptors.


Friday, August 6, 2021

All Grown Up, Mostly

 Maizee spent her first night out in her enclosure instead of the playpen, so scrub and vacuum day. I say day because that seems like how long it took! 

Join us at Nine Mile Community Center on Sunday at 2 pm for her Debut! Along with Sib and two owls.


Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Brand New Etching

My new print, Sibley the Peregrine on a cliff in the Blackfoot River. 13" x 9 1/2" etching on plastic, printed with the blue sky rolled in with brayers. Then painted with gouache paint and Arteza Brush Pens. "Peregrine Cliff Redux" and plan on an edition of 8. Always do 8 for some reason.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Down Everywhere!

 Maizee has lost nearly all of her down feathers...all over the house. Where I shake out her blankets from the playpens, the lawn looks like we had snow flurries.



Sunday, August 1, 2021

Maizee Today

 She will join us a week from today at Nine Mile Community Center for her first program!


Saturday, July 24, 2021

Friday, July 23, 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Family

Parent (father perhaps) and daughter. Yes, the two fledgling Bald Eagles are often perched on top of the eagle enclosure, and are huge compared to our two male eagles. Larger size equals females. 


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Now Have Name

 Maizee! Over at Bev and Steve Glueckert's today.



20 Days!