Saturday, June 19, 2021

Raptors and Art Camp Finale

Here are the MAM campers and their creations - paper mâché raptors ranging from an Osprey and Snowy Owl to several Sibley's and Owens. Great work and fun, Bev, and kids.

Friday, June 18, 2021


This Peregrine, fastest predator in the world, was catching stoneflies over the river yesterday! Jay Sumner and I wrote a paper about this behavior in 2007, only observed at four nests the world, three in Montana and one in Idaho! The largest of these stoneflies is the salmonfly, body as big as your pinky finger, and will go search for that hatch next, but may have missed it.  Fisherperson's delight.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

MAM Camp

Perhaps the best artists ever in our annual Raptors and Art Camp at the Missoula Art Museum this year, masks and all! I just looked it up and the first class I did there was in 1994 for 65 children and adults - before I even had a computer. All records were written in longhand! Thanks Bev Beck Glueckert and I know she and I have been doing this about 20 years. I'll look that up next. Center is model Sonora the Aplomado, bottom is Talon the young artiste.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

And Eagles


Operation: Bridge Installment

Back in place thanks (mostly) to Heidi Sedivy and grad students, our first ROTR board member Deb Fassnaught and her grandkids. I warned them when they come over for a visit...some of us will get wet. 

Saturday, June 12, 2021


Finally a photo of the nest mates together, quick trip to the river last night. I gave up waiting for the parents. These two will stay put for about four weeks as they hatched around the 15th of March. Track record for this nest, popular fledging date is the 4th of July, and I think this will be a little later. We'll see.  

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Favorite Songbird Spotted

Finally saw a Bobolink yesterday, a male singing away and hope a female is out there somewhere. They have been absent from the area the last two summers, disturbing. It is said that they look like they are wearing a tuxedo, on backwards, and have been called the "skunk blackbird." Bobolinks have one of the longest migrations of a New World songbird, traveling over 12,000 miles round trip, all the way to Bolivia and Paraguaymost overwintering in north-east Argentina! Hard to imagine.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Last Night

First time on the beach in a while, a glimpse of one of the young. They'll be in there another month before they fledge, Big Babies!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

It's True

The proof is in the feathers. Top is my diagram of falcon molt patterns, a feature that sets them apart from the order of hawks - on page 28 of the new book Falcons of North America Second Edition. Below is Sibley the Peregrine's day-one of molt, all four feathers in her enclosure, primary 4, secondary 5 and exactly the same on each wing, left and right!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Back Stage Pass: Montana

 The greatest tour EVER! On Friday we hosted a group featuring lead singer of the band Queensryche Geoff Tate (second from the left) and his fans and friends. I admitted that I am more of a jazz buff and they forgave me. Absolutely wonderful fun.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Well, THAT Didn't Work

Another Floating-Bridge Year. The water came up higher than I thought. Oh well.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Bridge Ingenuity

Tom's bridge across the slough to the river was about to start floating (but tied in) with the high water, and our friend Andy Snowden came to the rescue! Top is a photo within hours of it starting its nearly-yearly float, and Andy literally picked up each end to install these cinder blocks. High and Dry now. Flood waters are supposed to peak this week so this may just save us from having to re-installed it later this summer. And the last photo - Nico can read: "PLEASE Do Not Walk On Bridge."

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Show Off

 Guess what this Peregrine is carrying? That's right, a male Western Tanager, finally delivered to the nest after showing off for a while.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Who Is Faster?

 A page from the Raptor Round-Up Newsletter #16 in 2004, in honor of the Indy 500:

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Falcon Books

John Rimel, our publisher at Mountain Press here in Missoula proudly displays what's left of my pallet of books, FOR SALE from me! I can mail you a copy anywhere in the US for $33. Old fashioned checks to P.O. Box 265, Florence, MT 59833. Autographed and a free bookmark.

David Allen Sibley, Sibley Guides to Birds wrote: "Doing justice to the falcons in a book is a tall order, but this one surpasses expectations. Filled with fascinating information and absolutely breathtaking images, I find myself going back again and again to browse or just to stare at a photo. Wow!"


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Rain Robin

 April May Showers Bring June Flowers. 

Somehow my Facebook account was locked last week by a hack or my mistake, probably the latter. Anyway, each day FB gave me a chance to "identify" my friends in snapshots, faces circled, and 7 name choices. Hey, I have 3600 friends on there, are you kidding? Well, finally got 5 out of 5 correct, a miracle, back on there, big deal...


Sunday, May 23, 2021

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Heron-Eagle Fight

Tom and I witnessed a fight between a Bald Eagle and a Great Blue Heron, the heron having to drop a baby Columbian Ground Squirrel she had caught to scream “arrrkkk!”  Herons stabbing these guys in the field and maybe drowning them in the slough before a swallow? Anyway, I must get this "on film." 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Uh-oh, Bridge About To Go...Maybe

Every spring the water rises in the slough and our bridge to the river starts floating.  Tied down and towed out to re-install later with heroics from friends. Just about to happen now, bummer.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Bye-bye Camper Trailer!

Thanks to our friend Jay Sumner that posted our free camper on Facebook Marketplace and the first folks to respond came over today and hauled it away in a very professional manner.  Sue loves it, her little "SheShed Hideaway" at their property in Dixon, and especially perfect with the big "S" on the front. Tom spent many a logging season in this, but it has just been parked since we moved here 20 years ago. Sue displays those original 1968 keys, and the Notary at the bank admitted she had never seen such an old title. So glad it will be loved again! 

Monday, May 17, 2021


It goes like this - Calliope Hummingbird on May 5th, then Vaux's Swifts on the 10th, then House Wrens yesterday! All in the yard, cool. And turkeys are here all the time.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Beach Family

I bought Nick Dunlop's Sony A9 camera body and bought a 200-600 mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter and a huge learning curve, different brand and mirrorless! This will take some time, figuring out the nuances, but love it so far.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Garrison School Kids

 Our trip to see the eagles nest, and pet the dog!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Garrison Elementary School

The whole school was here for the day, 90 miles away for a drive in the little school bus, and we lucked out with the weather. K-6 student population = 11 students. These kids were pretty darn savvy- one boy knew that Peregrines top speed is 240 mph (!) Everyone observed the difference between the Pygmy and Saw-whet Owls, and told me the size of their eyes indicates day-time and night-time hunting, little versus big. Yep, Junior Zoologists and way fun, especially for Nico the Dog.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021


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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Beach Party

 The male brought in a Columbian Ground Squirrel (yea!) and feeding at least one chick but never got a good peek. And White-faced Ibises!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Nico and the Bridge

Hope our bridge across the slough heading down to the river doesn't float and have to be re-installed when the water drops; 18 of 20 years this has happened. Nico and The Bridge.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Project Number 2

Okay, back photographing the eagle nest after a three year hiatus, not of my choosing but of the eagles. She is feeding at least one here, unfortunately blocked by nest material. Project Number 1 is a new dry-point etching (Peregrine Flight) and Number 3 is photographing the Red-tailed Hawk nest. Gotta get your ducks in a row, so to speak.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A REAL Program

 First REAL program since last February 2020 (Zooms don't count) and 52 kindergartners at Florence Elementary today, courtesy Mrs. White. Sib and Owen and question number one from the kids: "Can your falcon do any tricks?" Answer: "Yes, steal hats off people’s heads and fly away." So glad to be back at it!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Kestrel Namesake's Birthday

Another jazz birthday, Ella Fitzgerald's is today, our American Kestrel named for her when she joined us eight years ago. Ella is the best vocalist, ever, period. Ella the kestrel here with a mouse and her brother Wes (Montgomery, best guitarist ever) share the building by the eagles, singers in their own style.

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