Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Harlan's Hawks

Every winter I am amazed at the number of black Red-tailed Hawks hanging out here in the Bitterroot - Harlan's Hawks, a subspecies that breeds in Alaska and near-by Canada (HA on this Cornell Labs map.)  We enjoy 14 subspecies of Red-tailed Hawks in North America and Harlan's was considered a separate species in the past (and some feel still should be.) This is an adult dark morph and the more I think of it, that young hawk (light eyes, barred tail) from Sunday could be a light intermediate Harlan's, lacking the warm brown colors of our resident calurus subspecies (CA on the map.)  Man, do these hawks come in all varieties of plumages, and even dark morph calurus birds. The adult Harlan's tail is white, usually a terminal dark band and to further complicate things, sometimes a faint red tint as well. Check 'em out on Eastside Highway.


Monday, January 17, 2022

Sunday Posers

Adult female Taiga Merlin, and a young Red-tailed Hawk, Bitterroot Valley.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Sharp-shin In the Yard

  "He never saw it coming," mourned the newly widowed House Sparrow.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Sib looks Confused

A little Bitterroot hunt with pal Jay Sumner and his Peregrine Cadie, then our turn. After some laps Sib came to land and couldn't figure out how the car was moving with me walking down the road! Our first trip together this season, Jay and me.


Friday, January 7, 2022


 Just not simultaneously. Sonora the Aplomado Falcon and Maizee the young spoiled Peregrine.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Monoprint, Fox

Painted on white plexiglass with sepia ink, run through the big printing press, then colored with pastel. 12" x 16". Berries! One of a kind.


Monday, January 3, 2022

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Crowded House

We had Sib and Sonora plus Owen and iPod indoors last night due to the -5 degree temperatures last night, owls in kennels and falcons on perches. Makes me want to dig out my old Crowded House CD's. You too? Bring on that New Year!