After almost 3 years of Sabre as my hunting partner, she was released back into the wild on a rainy mothers day. She was in good health and is happy to be back soaring among the clouds.
She was released this spring as a promise to her the day I trapped her, as with all the raptors that I trap from the wild. I do enjoy them for a period of time, and then it is my belief that they should go back to where they came from to continue to be a part of the natural world. Each falconer has their own beliefs for how long a period of stay they should have as a hunting partner.
So as I look forward to a summer of bird-free maintenance and trapping a new hunting partner in the fall.
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:
Red wing blackbird
Great blue heron
Blue wing teal
Brown headed cowbird
Ruby crown d kinglet
Yellow rumpled warbler
Blue grey gnatcatcher
Pied billed grebe
White crowned sparrow
Ring billed gull
Ring neck ducks
Golden Crowned king
Red bellied woodpecker
Dark eyed junco
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.
Today, I released my hunting partner back to the wild. After five years of hunting for critters and walking through the woods together, it was her time to enjoy the natural world again. It was a bittersweet moment for us as we watched Cedar do her victory lap around the field before finding a safe perch in a pine tree for the evening. I have no doubts that she will enjoy the wilderness once again and continue to be a survivor.
Here’s the Video of Cedar leaving the glove for the last time.