Momo, Missed you Sunday, don't you know something cool happened. Pokie went up out of sight for 30 minutes, then suddenly he returned to the car(expected)with an adult female peregrine right on his tail. She almost landed next to him on my car, then flew around close for awhile as I fed him on the fist, calling softly to him. Pretty girl, she had a full dark cap, but not as rosy as Pokie on the breast. Wonder where she is going.
I've started to work so its less often, but Sundays is regular, at least until April. Its really spring flying now with crazy interactions and seductive weather. Could you come out south of Kuna next Sunday, around 3 pm? You know where the Morley Nelson interpretive pullover is on Swan Falls Road? I'll be there at 3 on Sunday, waiting for you. Pokie would like to have you along to encourage him. Me too.
A merlin is just going to carry no matter how comfortable she is with you. If they don't they die. It is just a skill to find them where they settle(telemetry?) I just found that light lure stooping was a lot of fun and a good way to condition and show off what a merlin can do. Dare I say, almost more rewarding than flying wild birds in that it is more relaxing and less dangerous. It is cool to be able to just walk out into any field and let the little falcon put in 10-20 quick stoops(Do they know any other way ?) If she touches it at all, let her take it in the air on the next pass. It takes some practice to get the lure swinging in rythum. I wish you could have seen Morley Nelson lure fly. Almost a lost art.
It was good to see you this weekend. Wish we could have talked together about these birds, questions about what the heck they want from us. Your merlin looked great. Have you done any stooping to the lure with her? They are a blast to do that with and it builds the bond with you. The first time your merlin drags a sparrow back to you after a flight (instead of away) you feel special. Pokie wanted to eat that pigeon for awhile Saturday, didn't he? He knows the car way to well lately, but I still see some great flights.
I feel that you get this stuff more than most Monica, I like observing you practicing falconry.
Glad to hear your merlin is doing well. As if I had any doubts. Good luck on the carrying thing. There are so many things out there in this cold that want to rob our birds. How to get them to trust us the most. I am lucky that my peregrine has learned to carry small birds back to the car. Last week he had a pigeon down with a Marsh Hawk attcahed to it too. Hussle time !
Maybe this weekend we can fly together at the big stock yard on Simco road. (south side of the interstate, down past the RR tracks. I may not get there for breskfast at the KK, but I will be ouit there a little later. See ya?