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The Second Mews

August 8th, 2013

The Second Mews

I was lucky enough to capitalize on an opportunity that came my way a couple of days ago to assist another falconer (a-hem) in moving.  The biggest challenge in putting this shed-kit mews up was making the platform for it.  So, after 8 yards of dirt, some leveling time, and 100 12-inch brick pavers, the platform was ready.  The mews itself went up in just over an hour.

The next natural question that most folks ask, is:  “What kind of hawk is going to go in there?”  That is yet an un-answered question at this particular time, but there is now an extra raptor housing facility for when the opportunity comes along. Stay tuned!

 

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Spring Mews Update

June 4th, 2012

Spring Mews Update

 

The Mews got  some much needed attention this spring with some stain on the roof and some additional trim completion. A new coat of stain on the roof shingles really brings out the color contrast between the siding and the roof.  I also finished up some additional siding trim and I was able to get most of the door covered on the back side.  With some new black paint on the bars and some fresh screening, the mews is ready once again for it’s new resident, “Hunter.”

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Mews Phase V: Complete

October 20th, 2009

Mews Phase V: Complete

Another weekend of mews construction passes and the results are terrific!  This was the last major effort in getting it completed: attaching the siding to the mews and finishing the look.  The vinyl siding completes the cedar shake look, and protects the wood panels underneath. Another great bonus is that the siding requires no maintenance: no painting or anything.  Perhaps I’ll power-spray it once a year to knock the dirt off, but it’s now maintenance free.  Except of course, for the inside.  😉

Big thanks to my wife for helping out with the siding installation and finishing tips.  Thanks, honey!

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Mews: Phase V

October 16th, 2009

Mews: Phase V

Another step towards mews completion was finished this weekend: Cedar Shingles on the roof.  After about 6 hours of up-and-down-and-up the ladder, I nailed all the shingles to the roof, thus completing the authentic look of the roof line.

This is also the first picture where the mews has been occupied with the resident hawk!  Tahoe has taken to her accommodations very well and is enjoying the hospitality!

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Mews: Phase IV

September 21st, 2009

Mews: Phase IV

Another weekend of great work-progress was made on the mews this week.   With two days of sweat, focus, and effort, the roof, flashing, and copula were cut and assembled.  The picture above shows the slanted, octagonal roof to match the sides of the mews, with an ornately decorated copula on the top. All that you see was designed by my lovely wife and she assembled the copula and attached the copper also.  The sides of the mews are now ready for siding and the roof is now ready for cedar-shake shingles.

On a side note, the mews had it’s first resident for a week.  We were hawk-sitting “Buster”, a mild mannered Harris Hawk while the owner was on Vacation.  Buster enjoyed his vacation and lodging for the week,  as he rated the mews a 5-star accommodation!

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