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    Summer 2018 Update

    July 3rd, 2018

    Summer 2018 Update

    It has been a long time since an update and a post of any significance to this blog, or for that matter, to any other social media outlet.  With the propensity for articles, pictures, sound-bytes, and posts to go viral, I never know when these adventures will get singled out by someone who has a polarizing opinion on the subject of Falconry. You just never know what is going to set someone off that will forward the post throughout the interwebs and have some warped opinion come out on the other end of it. With my experience with other falconry forums, NAFA Directors, and facebook trolls, I’m leery of posting anything remotely attackable. So, I’ll provide an update to a few choice projects and leave this here as a historical record of this summer. 

    Birds

    The moult for the summer is in full swing for both Sabre and Vesper.  Daily chores continue to include keeping the mews clean and getting the birds some perch / air time out of the mews.  Feathers continue to drop steadily and new feathers are growing steadily.  Both birds are going through a wonderful transformation into their adult plumage and it is a privilege to witness up close. 

    Mews Update

    Kelly and I continue to build a new mews for the birds with Vesper as the eventual habitant.  In addition, we expect to install a second chamber onto the first. It’s not an ideal setup, but we are making it work as best we can with the space and materials available. By the end of the summer, there will be room for 3 birds and the deck will be clear of the current mews. 

    Club Activities

    As a continued participating member of the MHC, the spring Apprentice Workshop was a huge success, pulling in folks from around the state.  With the help of other falconers, the instructional team that puts on the workshop is top-notch with great stories and informative slide shows.   The Summer picnic is coming up at the end of July, so we’ll all meet again for another day of falconry fun in Lansing this year. Later on in the summer, we’ll go back down to Lake Erie Metropark for HawkFest. Then the trapping gets going and all of the fall falconry and hunting events is in full swing.  

     

    -C

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    Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh 2018

    April 30th, 2018

    Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh 2018

    Out Birding today at the Ottawa National refuge with my Adventure Girl! 69 different species spotted today. That’s a great day! 

     

    Here’s the full list of birds we kept as a record of our adventures today:

    Bald eagle
    Purple Martin
    Red wing blackbird
    tree swallows
    Canada geese
    Flicker
    Snowy Egret
    Great blue heron
    American robin
    Cormorant
    Goldfinch
    Purple finch
    White egret
    Cardinal
    Wood ducks
    Downy woodpecker
    Mallard duck
    Grackle
    Nuthatch
    Cooper’s Hawk
    Bluejay
    Trumpeter Swan
    Kildeer
    Swamp sparrow
    Sandhill crane
    Starling
    Blue wing teal
    Brown headed cowbird
    Lesser yellowlegs
    Northern shoveler
    Ruby crown d kinglet
    Yellow rumpled warbler
    House wren
    Blue grey gnatcatcher
    Barn swallow
    Chickadee
    Redtail hawk
    Pied billed grebe
    Green heron
    White crowned sparrow
    Palm warbler
    Yellow warbler
    Downy woodpecker
    Brown thrasher
    American coot
    Common turn
    Caspian turn
    Ring billed gull
    Herring full
    Ring neck ducks
    Lesser scaup
    Golden Crowned king
    Pine warbler
    Brewers blackbird
    Rusty blackbird
    Woodcock
    Hermit thrush
    Turkey vulture
    Pine warbler
    Red bellied woodpecker
    Bonapartes gulls
    Dark eyed junco
    Ruddy duck
    Song sparrow
    American kestrel

    Chipping Sparrow

    House Sparrow

    Sharp-shinned Hawk

     

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    Featured with MUCC

    April 4th, 2018

    Featured with MUCC

    Kelly and I were recently featured in an article by Sarah Topp with the On The Ground program with the Michigan United Conservation Club. Thanks for the nice article, Sarah! Link to the article is below.

    On the Ground: Falconry in Improved Habitat Areas

     

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    Outdoor Magazine Podcast February 3rd!

    February 5th, 2018

    Outdoor Magazine Podcast February 3rd!

    This week I had a chance to talk to Mike Avery from the Michigan Outdoor Magazine. 

    Here’s a link to the Podcast.

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    Sabre’s Moult

    August 29th, 2017

    Sabre’s Moult

    This summer is proving out to be a very educational one while watching Sabre moult feathers. Her blue-grey feathers are slowly starting to replace her dark-grey immature feathers.  She has a few additional tail feathers, and three primaries on each wing left to go.   We’ll start conditioning in September to prepare for October Hunting.  I am so excited to see her adult plumage I can hardly stand it.  She’s going to be quite striking as an adult!

           * Top Photo Courtesy of Lauren Anderson

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