Wednesday, December 28, 2022

WOW, Sib

We just had a tour/program here in the snow, and turns out that was number 1600 for Sibley the Peregrine since she started here as a downy chick, nearly 20 years ago!

Friday, December 23, 2022

Full House

Five birds in the house, mostly behaving, and I am waiting until about 5 degrees to put most of them back outside. Emergency treatment for a freezing Ella the Kestrel, and a rehab Barred Owl since last Friday,  plus two Peregrines and an Aplomado. Wow are we going through the newspaper under their perches....HA!

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Twenty Below

Our yard with steam coming off the Bitterroot River. 20 below zero, 4 birds in the house, all resting comfortably, nice quail (and a few mice for one) for breakfast. They will all be in until tomorrow when it finally tops zero, up in the teens.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Run Away!

 There was a third Raven that chased the Red-tail out of a popular Poplar perch yesterday.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

What a Week

Bracing for the bitter, bitter cold in the Bitterroots (and everywhere!) Right now snow and about 20 degrees and  Nico plus the Red-tail sculpture with icicles. But check out the NOAA forecast, 30 below! Birds inside for a while, for certain.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Sunday, December 11, 2022

MAM Auction

My drypoint etching "Turkey In the Snow" was accepted for the Missoula Art Museum Auction. For some reason (!!!) I didn't have a spare minute to work on my printmaking this year, and all that about to change as I shift gears. Mom's house is emptied/sold, finances finishing up, and then ... ART time for me. News on the way.      MAM Benefit Art Auction is Saturday, Feb 4th back at the University Ballroom, FUN!

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Friday, December 9, 2022

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Sib and Mose

Sibley noticed a new participant in her flying today, as Mose the puppy joined us for the first time. A little swoop or two, and Mose had no idea. No blood was spilled in the making of the day, including the one duck in the slough.

Sunday, December 4, 2022


I have this imaginary cut-off temperature of 5 degrees for Sonora the Aplomado Falcon to spend the night indoors - spare bedroom, zero for Sibley the Peregrine - just to play it safe. Sonora has two 100 watt red bulbs and a heated perch in her building and all of our birds are out of the wind with clear shower curtains stapled up up. Last night they both joined us inside with negative 6 degrees, brrrr. They have been in the house for about a half dozen nights this season...and it's not even winter yet!

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Go Cameroon!

FIFA World Cup tomorrow at noon, Cameroon vs. Brazil! Go Cameroon, my host country in the Peace Corps, a photo from 1983 or '84 as I was in fisheries on the equator.