Wednesday, April 28, 2021
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
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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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
I think so anyway. A flurry of activity Sunday and looks like one brooding female last evening. Canada geese in there the last two years, empty the year before that so a welcome event. Here's the scope in the living room the day it snowed, and we can watch until the leaves block the view. I can guess when she settles down and add 35 days for chicks. My Project!
Monday, April 19, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
My friend David Sibley, Sibley Field Guides and other magnificent books on birds had this to say about our Falcons of North America Second Edition:
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!
Here we were at Pine Butte in 2003, David on the left, one of eight years we shared programs at the Guest Ranch with the Nature Conservancy. There's a grizzly bear out there somewhere.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
We began reducing the size of our Subaru fleet by donating the 2002 Outback to Vehicles for Charity, and our charity happened to be Raptors of the Rockies 501(c)(3)! VfC are a non-profit based in Denver and they set up the account so that other people can donate their unused or unwanted car, truck, even camper to us. They even tow it away and 80% of money generated at auction goes to the non-profit of your choice. I loved this car and put a couple hundred thou on it in programs, falconry trips - everywhere for years. Next to go - the 2003 Subaru Outback (not Nico the dog, here!)
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Sunday, April 4, 2021
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.