Friday, December 31, 2010

Another beginning

Happy New Year everyone. The past 12 months has brought many good things to IBR along with some very sad moments. Overall the year was an extremely good one in that quite a few of the birds who arrived left under their own steam and are back in the wild again.

Thank you to each and everyone who sent donations and good wishes over the year, I couldn't have had as much success without your support. Have a really awesome 2011 and beyond.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Seeing double ???

Well, almost. This is RUDOLF (Nureyev) the most recent Prairie Falcon to arrive at IBR. Today, in fact, and he's suffering a fractured right wing, the same as MIKHAIL. Unfortunately this break is worse so his prognosis is guarded. He will have surgery tomorrow (Thursday) to see if Dr. Pedersen is able to put the pieces back together. My fingers are crossed that there is a positive outcome for this wonderful little bird. He's only about nine months old so hopefully has a long life ahead of him.

UPDATE: Very sad news. The surgery was a success but unfortunately little RUDOLF did not wake up from the anesthesia. Everything was done to make him breathe including mouth to beak resusitation via the tracheal tube but to no avail. Thanks to everyone at the Lifetime Small Animal Hospital here in Cody for all their effort. Drs. Blessing and Pedersen and techs Deana and Jackie have done all my bird work for over 20 years and this rarely happens. We tried.......

Sunday, December 26, 2010

She will and she did.

In a post a few weeks ago I showed a photo of OLIVE, an adult female kestrel. At the time I didn't know if she would fly again after having her fractured wing repaired. Today was the proof that Dr. Erin Pedersen did a wonderful job in that surgery as once more, OLIVE is flying free. We released her in an area that is frequented by kestrels, lots of old snag cottonwoods with nest holes available.

Thank you so much Erin for all your hard work. Dr. Pedersen is an expert in dogs and cats, not birds, so this procedure proves what an excellent surgeon she is. It was doubly hard due to the fact that, as you can see, OLIVE is about the size of a robin. It's all worthwhile when the patient can be tossed in the air and fly away without a backward glance. Or thank you for that matter.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tripping friends

This past September a couple friends of mine I've known for almost 50 years went on a horseback riding vacation. In 2005 we three went to Scotland for the same thing but this time they went to Ireland without me as I couldn't get away. Wish I'd joined them as these photos show they had a ton of fun there. Shari, with the horse and Jan, on the stone steps live in IL near where I'm from. We get together whenever I can travel back there and enjoy riding when ever we can. Thanks to Jan and the loan of her wonderful horse, Rosie, I'm back in the saddle again if only for a few hours. Hopefully they'll get back out here some day and we can do our riding in the beautiful mountains around Cody.

Merry Christmas one and all

This morning I went out to start chores and saw that we had a wonderful hoar frost covering everything. I had to take a photo of my very own flocked tree. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, finds lots of presents under the tree, eats plenty of super food and just enjoys being alive at this wonderful time of year.

All my four-legged and feathered family members wish everyone the Merriest Christmas ever. Okay, group hug.....

Chocolate forever !

This is COCOA, a dark phase of a Rough-legged Hawk. As noted in previous posts, this species only spends the winter here after migrating from above the Artic Circle in Northern Canada. This youngster is about nine months old and altho a bit thin seems in good shape. He goofed and ran into the side of a truck when he tried to fly away from a roadkill he had been munching on. I'll keep him here for a while to fill his tank and then send him on his way. Thanks Jeff for driving him all the way over here from Cowley.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Under a spell.

You are hypnotized, you will do as I say, you cannot escape me. Oh, okay, this isn't really a hypnotist but a very beautiful Great Horned Owl, MAGIC. She came to IBR from another rehabber for evaluation on a wing problem. She'd been found caught in a barbwire fence the end of November and altho she hadn't torn up her wing she did some damage. Unfortunately that included tearing the tendon that runs along the upper edge of the wing. Because it wasn't seen right away it healed with scar tissue so she can't fully extend that wing.

MAGIC will go back to the original rehabilitator so she can try and place this bird at a facility for use in educational work.

On point !

This lovely male Prairie Falcon is MIKHAIL. He's very light on his feet so I named him after the famous ballet dancer. He was found in a cow pasture on a ranch in Greybull suffering from a fractured right wing. This photo was taken just a few hours after his repair surgery on Wednesday.

Most of this species are very high strung, insane is one word for them. They are very "flighty" and hard to handle. Thank goodness MIKHAIL is a rather quiet bird for a Prairie and will hopefully stay that way all through his recovery.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bird vs. vehicle

Oh dear, at this point the truck won but I'm not quitting and neither is SQUINT. He was hit by a truck on Monday night but luckily the person who was driving didn't just head down the road. Tod gathered him up and called me. As you can see from the photo, he's not a happy camper. His right leg is broken in two places, between his knee and ankle and between the ankle and the toes. You can see the beautiful chartreuse soft cast he's now wearing.

He also has some damage to his right eye and his lungs are bruised. He's breathing hard but has kept down the antibiotics and today I gave him fluids which has also stayed down. If his breathing is improved enough he'll have surgery to pin the fractures in his leg as soon as possible. His eye is also improving with the eye drops, we'll have to wait to see if his vision is impaired.

Tod did tell me that he has a mate, he hears them calling back and forth all the time. As they mate for life but this isn't breeding season, hopefully he'll be back in their territory in time for them to reconnect.

UPDATE: The surgery was done on Tuesday and at this point SQUINT is standing on his cast and looking great. The eye is still iffy but the drops are helping. The temperatures are rather cold so he's living inside the rodent room where it's kept warm. And it's handy to the food source I have to hand feed him a few times a day.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gunned down

Yesterday I got a call from my rehabber friend, Janet Britt, in Riverton about a rough-legged hawk that had been brought to her by the game warden. The bad news is that this beautiful bird had been shot. The only bright spot is that it was done in front of a witness who supplied the warden with the make and color of the vehicle and a partial plate number. At this point I'm hoping the person who did this horrible thing will be caught and pay the penalty.

Roughies are a protected species and as such are not hunted. GUNNY is a baby of this year born above the Artic Circle in northern Canada. He survived his birth and fledging and the ardurous migration to WY only to be met with a bullet. He's had surgery to try and repair the damage but only time will tell if it works and GUNNY will be able to fly.

UPDATE: Horrible news, I found GUNNY dead in his cage this morning (Wednesday). He had eaten some of his mice earlier so I have absolutely no idea what caused this to happen. Unfortunatly there isn't enough evidence to find the guy who fired a dozen shots at this beautiful bird a week ago. Very sad day today.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Post Thanksgiving visitor

The day after Thanksgiving this beautiful female GHO arrived. PUNKIN came to IBR so she could have Dr. Blessing do surgery on her left wing. She was probably hit by a car and suffered a fracture in her wrist joint. The bad news is she was probably on the ground for a few weeks before being found. She was very thin and the wing tip could not be saved. It was removed and she is doing just fine, will hopefully become an educational bird in the near future.

Altho the main purpose of rehabilitating birds is to return them to the wild, those that can't do so, and have the right personality, are used in educational programs. These embassadors do more to inform the public about what they are, what they do, and how the impact from humans is usually to blame for their non-releasable state. Anyone can do a slide show (yawn!) about raptors but the minute you come into a room with a live bird on your fist you have the instant attention of everyone present. What's said is usually retained and is a great aid in preserving these magnificent birds.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

More good news !

Today I received a photo of the newest addition to the bird and falconry world. Little Ashley Grace won't be donning a glove for a few years but you can bet she'll be out in the field one of these days. Celeste gave birth to this little bundle of joy just before Thanksgiving.

You see her dad, Nate, is the fellow who drove here from Cheney, KS to pick up a baby golden eagle, CHOOY. The trip was a long one but he was helped by his sister, Elizabeth. It made it so much easier on the bird as it was too hot to fly her there.

Hopefully the entire Matthews clan will be coming to this area next summer so I can meet this littest falconer, and her mom, in person. Congratulations you three!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Will she or won't she?

That's the question about the flying ability of this adult female kestrel. OLIVE arrived at IBR with a fractured left wing but as it was repairable, Dr. Pedersen did so. That was about two months ago and this morning I put her into a larger enclosure so she could exercise and get stronger. Even before the pin was removed she was almost flying in her smaller cage. The minute I put her in this room she flew to the side of the wall and hung there until I quickly slipped away. She has a bit of a droop in the wing but that should improve to about normal as she gains strength.

Black & white all over

This is WHISKY, a black-billed magpie. Oops, they're now called American magpie. I believe this is a young female that showed up in a yard with a broken wing. Luckily the owners found her and called me. She's since gone through repair surgery on her right humerus. Normally I leave the support bandage on for at least a week, WHISKY left hers on for approximately two hours. As she's a pretty quiet bird in the cage I opted to let her remain bandage free. In the photo it appears she has no tail but she does, it's just canted off to the side. Hopefully she'll be able to fly in a couple months and she can join all those other amazingly intelligent corvids in the wild.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving ! ! !

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Right now it's very cold here, was -15 this morning when I got up. As I heat with wood, one of my cats and I spent the night sleeping, sort of, in my Lazyboy so I could get up every couple hours and add wood to the stove. At this point I'm thankful for having a large supply of wood stacked inside and easily accessable.

I've reached an age where I'm also very thankful for all the wonderful people I've met in my life including the best relatives in the world. It's at this time of year when I remember back to all the great Thanksgiving meals my mom cooked for our family and friends who came to the door.

Thank you everyone for being a part of my life and bringing such joy into it. Eat lots of turkey and fixings, enjoy the holiday.

Photo: (l-r) Dorothy Sr. on Sheik, Susan on ?, Dorf on Bluebell, Tommy on ?, Shafer on Lord Jeff. ca. 1949 or 50

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Brrrrrr cont.

Okay, this morning it was 5 degrees out when I got up. I did chores and then put water out for the wild sparrows and pigeons. It took a while for them to come to the pan but they eventually found it. It's there all year around but they were shy this morning. What I want to know is????? Why don't their little bare feet stick to the side of the metal pan? As you can see in the shot of the pigeons, one of them is standing in that very cold water. Eeeeeeeek!

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I started chores this morning and the temperature was a whopping 10. Later this morning I headed to town to take in our annual November craft fair so I could stock up on goodies for presents. This is also the Cody Turkey Day where there are lots of games and chances to win turkeys and cornish hens, fun for the kids in lots of ways.

I'm now back in the house after putting everything to bed and it's not quite 5:00pm. I checked the temperature and we're now at 9 so my truck is plugged in as I'm sure it'll be below zero tonight. With the wind and some snow it's really not a very pleasant time to be working outside. The chickens have unfrozen water in their pans but all the others are solid. I keep telling the birds when I refill the pans to drink while it's soft but then they never listen to me.

And this is a prelude to our cold days coming the beginning of next week. I'm sure glad I have my five cords of wood under cover and close to hand.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Happy Birtthday !

This is my mothers birthday, she would have been 99 years old today. This necklace is one she wore on special occasions. I don't know where she got it but I always remember seeing it in her jewelry box. The stone on the bottom is a topaz, her birthstone. I wear it almost every day now. I love you mom.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Opinion expressed!

Okay, some days my dog, Sophie, wants to let me know just what she thinks of things. On this occasion I had given her a large rawhide chewy and after a couple licks she looked up with this opinion..... Even dogs can stick their tongues out at people.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Then & now

THEN: My godson, Ian, on the day he was born, September 27, 1978.

SORT OF THEN: Susan and Ian's mom, Linda, in YNP. (Note the dark hair on both of us)

NOW: That same baby all grown up. Ian and his friend Annie.

I have known Linda since the early 70s when we were both boarding horses in the same stable in Boulder, CO. Shortly after Ian was born she moved back to her home town of Austin, TX. The last time I physically saw Ian was when he was eight years old and I went there for a visit. I just received the newest photo of Ian and wanted to post it. His mother and grandmother also celebrate their birthdays this month.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My new door

Quite some time ago I decided I wanted to replace my old front door to match the one on the sunroom. A friend of a friend had just the right board, a huge piece of oak. And she works for a man who builds cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms. In the past they built a wonderful small double mew for a couple of my school birds.

I decided on the design and I'm happy to say it's more beautiful than I ever imagined it would be. The bottom panel is a duplicate of one on a 100+ year old dry sink in my great room. Thanks Ken Rey for your work. Also thanks to Susan Osborne for giving me the glass, Stacey Huston for sandblasting the oval, Tiffany Olson for designing the lettering and silhouettes, Gerald and Grant Shippen for lugging it into the house from my truck and John McGee for installing it today. It's huge, weighs a ton and will last for the rest of my lifetime.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


I know, they're not black cats but these are very special to me. Both are gone now, TRAMP (l) when he was 16 and TARGET (r) at 10 1/2 years old. There have been a couple in between them and the two females I have now but these will always be in my heart and on my mind.

Happy Halloween to everyone, don't eat too many goodies. Well, a lot of chocolate is okay, right?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Recent photo of IBR

Thanks again to Dr. Lee Hermann I have an updated aerial photo of the Ironside Bird Rescue facility. This was taken just a few weeks ago and as you can see, the hay field and my lawn are still green. The former pond area is just weeds and dirt, I never did get around to mowing it when the weeds were short.

In this photo you can see the new mews that were added to the eagle and hawk flight barns. They have come in very handy when lots of birds arrived at the same time. Maybe one day I'll get a photo of the place when there's snow on the ground.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Finally found

If you look back to a post I did on August 1st you'll read that I went to the town of Burlington twice to look for an injured raptor. I never found him and was saddened to think he would not make it. Yesterday, late afternoon, I received a call from a gentleman I'd contacted during the original search saying he found a hawk with a broken wing and as he was coming to Cody would bring the bird to me.

My first comment, when I found out where he'd caught the bird was, "I certainly hope it's not the one I was looking for 12 weeks ago". Imagine my amazement when I saw the hawk and because of the healing that had taken place at the fracture site I decided that it's a good possibility it is that bird.

SUPERMAN is in amazing condition after all this time and is a quiet bird in his cage. I will take him in to Drs. Blessing and Pedersen tomorrow for x-rays that will tell us if the damage is repairable. Even if he can't fly again he would make an excellent ambassador for red-tailed hawks at another facility. He is only about six months old now and has a long life ahead of him if all works out in his favor.

Update: Good and bad news. Good; the birds wing was not broken. The bad is his elbow joint was pulled apart about 1/2" to 3/4". Both doctors were stunned at what they were seeing in the x-ray. As it was impossible to fix this damage, SUPERMAN was euthanized. And after examining him closer I decided he is the bird I couldn't find in August. It's a case of "if only" but the damage may not have been repairable even if he had been found that day.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Beautiful morning sky

Every morning when I first go outside it's pitch dark and I look up to the stars. I can only identify four of them; the big dipper, the little dipper, the North star and Orion's belt. The past week it's been so clear, absolutely beautiful and this morning there was a bonus. While I was watching there were four shooting stars overhead. Awesome ! ! ! !

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Not coming for dinner

Today I took in a Canada Goose, PILGRIM, that had somehow fractured his left wing. Luckily he came down in a fenced yard so was easy to catch. After x-rays showed that the radius and ulna are broken but possibly fixable, he was bandaged and brought to IBR until the surgery can be performed on Thursday.

This is one fat goose that WON'T be on anyones table come Thanksgiving. Hopefully the surgery will be a success but it will be many weeks before the outcome is known. If it's beyond the migration time for this goose I do have one place that may be willing to winter him over until they arrive back in the Spring. Fingers crossed everyone.

Update: The surgery went off today (Thursday) without a hitch, the bones are in perfect alignment and if all goes well this bird will be able to fly again in a couple months. Yay! ! ! !

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New resident hens

Today a friend and I drove about 30 miles to pick up some young pullets from a breeder just inside the MT line. As you've read in other posts, due to heavy predation by fox, I am down to 32 hens. These eight are not only nice but they gave me two eggs on the trip here. I'm not sure of the breed, I'll add that when I find out but they are bred just for laying eggs so my supply will be supplemented from now on.

Note: I found out these are Red Star Sex Link chickens. Not the largest eggs so far but they are just babies themselves so the size will increase.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Scotland the Brave

A few years ago I was able to make two trips to Scotland, the original home of my ancestors on my moms side. I went the first time with friends to ride horseback in the Highlands, second time on my own and stayed with a family I met on my first visit. I told everyone about the experiences and how much it meant to me. One of them is my friend, Morley Davidson, a distant cousin from Oshawa, ON, Canada. He said that one day he would get there too.

That happened this past September when he went with a tour group for 12 days. I just received his photos and they are wonderful. Morley is a runner having participated in many marathons over the decades he's been doing that sport. He took his running gear along and was rewarded in being able to run on the same beach where the movie Chariots of Fire was filmed. As you can see, he certainly enjoyed himself.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Another rare bird for me

Yesterday I got a call from a gentleman out on the Southfork Hiway, about 15 miles from Cody. He found a bird after it hit one of his windows and said it was a red-headed woodpecker. I've never had one of those as a patient so I told him to take it to Dr. Blessing for an exam and I would pick it up there. The x-rays showed no damage and when I got there I found out he'd had it since Saturday.

I gave it a few simple tests to see if the wings were working and they were. He was also very good at grabbing with his feet. I also had no clue as to what kind of bird I had altho knew it's of the woodpecker variety with the stiff tail and toe configuration but not a red-headed.

I took the bird to a local expert on songbirds, Chuck Neal, and found out it's an immature Red Naped Sapsucker. I know that sounds like a joke name but it's not, they do exist. Isn't he beautiful? I released him in the Neal backyard and thanked him for letting me see yet another unknown species on my life list.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Every summer from July thru most of October there's a farmer's market in Cody in the Albertson's parking lot. I am able to sell my free-range eggs there thanks to some good friends who grow organic produce in Burlington. They are BJ and Mike Carlson of the Wayfaring Traveler Ranch (see links). Besides having the produce they also offer llama treking and guest ranch stays. I usually sell out of eggs quickly, especially after the salmonella scare, but stay there to help sell their goodies. Thanks you two for all the years I've known you and your generous souls.

Note: Neither of the ladies in front of the stand is me. I'm running the camera.

Free at last.....

At 11:40am this morning I released TRISTAN, a rough-legged hawk born last year above the Artic Circle in Northern Canada. Because they have no concept of what humans or vehicles are they frequently find out the hard way when they come this far south for the winter. This beautiful female was hit by a car back in December 2009 and suffered a severely broken wing.

Altho she was flying when the birds started their migration north in March of this year, she wasn't strong enough to make the distance. For that reason the Wyoming G&F gave me permission to keep her over until they came back. On my way to Cody from Powell yesterday I saw one sitting on a power pole alongside the road. That was enough for me to take this bird to a wonderful habitat south of town and release her.

As you can see, she's in excellent condition and never hesitated a moment when I opened the door to her travel crate.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Damage report

Yesterday I drove about 40 miles to pick up yet another victim of someone driving down the highway and not noticing a very large bird sitting on a dead deer in the middle of the road. This person had to have known he/she hit the bird but never stopped, never took the time to help him. Luckily a young couple on the way home from church did just that. After securing the eagle in a crate I dragged the deer carcass way off the road so hopefully this won't happen again.

This is BUCK, an adult male golden eagle sitting in a container of shredded paper because he can't stand up. X-rays show he has a fractured humerus (elbow to shoulder) in his left wing and a fractured femur (knee to hip) in his left leg. The wing break is in excellent position even tho there are a couple pieces in the fracture. That is being stabilized with a figure 8 bandage. The bad news is his leg, that fracture is very close to his hip joint. Right now we are waiting on a consultation with the MN Raptor Center on the probabilities that his leg can be repaired. Dr. Blessing is willing to try but so we don't put the bird thru any unnecessary trauma has asked a colleague for his opinion. Fingers crossed but the prognosis isn't good.

Wednesday, 6:00am. Sad news, BUCK died during the night.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Come into my parlor...

Well, the "great room" such as it is. The top photo is what you see when you come to my front door. The bottom is what you see when you open that door. Needless to say I'm about ready for winter to arrive. My sunroom is 10'x20' and can hold four cords of wood leaving room to use the door. I call it the most expensive woodbox in the state.

I obviously heat with wood and in years past I went to the mountain with a friend, cut down the trees, cut it to length, hand split it with a 16 lb. maul, stacked it and then brought it inside to burn. My wood heated me five times. Now that I'm considered elderly (altho I don't feel that way) I have the wood delivered already split. I only have to stack it as you see in the photos. I've been in this house for 26 years and love my wood stove, I wouldn't have any other heating system.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Baby TV

Yesterday I got a call from our city Animal Control Officer, aka dog catcher, Duane Wiener about a turkey vulture down in a yard in town. It was very close to where they roost for the night but not one of the regulars. This is a baby of this year, only about four months old. As you can see from these photos, compared to those of the vultures in a previous post, this youngster has a completely dark head.

By the time I got to the sighting the bird had managed to get to the top of a portable carport then to the roof of a nearby house. After watching him for some time he decided to fly in the direction of the roost tree. He didn't make it all the way but was up in a tree nonetheless. I'm sure he was a bit hungry and wasn't the strongest flyer so hopefully he followed all the older birds in the morning to where they could find something to eat.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New homes

These two birds are heading for new homes. The raven, CRACKER, leaves this coming Tuesday for the South-western High School Raptor Center in Somerset, KY. This is a program in the school run entirely by the students with teacher supervision. They have received other birds from me in the past including a raven that died of a heart attack last year. Just a few months ago they also received a baby golden eagle, DAVE, aka, SANTEE. CRACKER suffered a broken wing as a very tiny baby in the nest and by the time she "fledged" and was found the damage was non-repairable. After a partial amputation you can see she looks just fine and is very athletic besides having the super intelligence of all corvids.

The golden eagle, BURL, is leaving as soon as the federal permit comes through, hopefully in a week or so. He's going to be living at the Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center in Sylva, NC. This is a facility that does educational programs with non-releasable birds and animals. BURL is an old bird altho now that he's back in good health he may not be as old as I originally thought. He came in very starved due to being blind in one eye which made catching a meal very iffy.

It's taken so long to get the birds out of IBR and WY because the weather was too hot in the places they are headed. Especially one stop on the flight, Atlanta. Now that their record highs are non-existent the birds will be on their way to their new homes.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


I'm not the only one in this house that likes to watch America's Funniest Home Videos. The cat could care less. As you can see, MADDIE was glued to the set during one of their "name that sound" segments. Neither of us got them right even tho it was a repeat show. Oh well. She's also front and center whenever there's an animal video shown.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Just some catch up on things. Last Saturday I received a call from some people who were traveling up this direction from their home in MO. Just this side of Thermop they spotted an injured golden eagle on the road, gathered her up and brought her to me. Unfortunately it was the weekend so she had to wait until Monday for x-rays. In the meantime I sprayed her to get rid of the many large lice she had plus filled her up with good elk meat and mice.

Monday and a trip to the vet ended up sadly. The x-rays showed that the bones in her pelvis were in pieces and altho she had very warm feet she couldn't move either of them or her legs. Apparently there was also nerve damage so she was euthanized. She is the 16th golden eagle of the year so far.

Also, John McGee is working on refurbishing the original mews we built about 20 years ago. By we I mean people who didn't have a clue about "treated" wood so what was on the ground has slowly been rotting. The old is now new with matching metal siding to the mews John built a few months ago. Every time I think I've finished with such work I find something else. The next will be small, just covering the front and one side of another old addition.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Okay, first the spider then these, Halloween must be in the air. These two adult turkey vultures came to visit and landed not far away from my gate. And they let me get quite close to them before taking to the air. They came because there is a meal for them near these fence posts. You'll also notice in the photo where they are perched there is another bird right in between them, a black-billed magpie. He didn't stay long as I don't think he was very welcome. In the flying photo you'll have to look closely in the dark cloud near the bottom to see the second bird.

I rarely see TV's around this area altho I know they nest someplace not too far away. One year there were about a dozen of them holding either a meeting or just gossiping behind my eagle flight barn. Was quite a sight to see.

Thank you

Just a few people to thank for all they do to make this operation run smoothly.

JOANIE and REBECCA for donating food for the birds. I'm sure there are lots of people who don't think about all the various food items needed to keep raptors and songbirds healthy. Because I feed a natural diet it's important to use only the best food for them.

Drs. BLESSING and PEDERSEN for providing excellent medical care for all the various patients I get in that are broken or damaged in some way. They both donate their expertise and skills in repairing the birds.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Eeeeeeeek ! ! !

Today I had a room-mate pointed out to me. Not one I've noticed but after finding this one there were lots more to be seen all around my sunroom both inside and out. It's a cat-faced spider. I rotated this photo 180 degrees, it's actually up in a far corner, not on the ground.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Happy Birthday

Today is my dads birthday, he would have been 98 years old.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Parental discretion advised

Okay, here's the latest photo of BINGO, the adult female I showed in last Saturday's post. She's doing much better now and finally consented to eat a meal. Hence the warning in the title. These birds have to eat what they have to eat and it's not some cereal or the like. They eat furry things and in this case it's the rabbit sitting at her feet. Hopefully this doesn't offend anyone. I am so thrilled that she's eating on her own, makes her recovery that much faster so she can be returned to the place she was found for release. As these birds mate for life, and she is an adult, she probably has one in that area wondering just where she is. After spending a few more days in this 8'x 8' pen she will go into the eagle flight barn for needed exercise.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


Today a visitor came to call. Rasputin is a 14 year old male Jack Russell terrier belonging to a friend who is going to the mountain for firewood and a couple days off for the holiday. As her other four dogs may pick on this old fellow if they're all kenneled together, he comes here to stay. As you notice, he dressed up for the visit in his favorite purple scarf.

Walking wounded

Today I got a call from Sam Donahue of the highway patrol about an eagle down near the town of Thermo-polis. Luckily a wonderful man, Pete Galovich, was coming this direction on his way to the Billings airport (he's going on a vacation in Alaska) and offered to bring the bird to Cody. I met him at the G&F office to transfer this adult female to my care.

As she was found alongside Highway 120 I assume she's been hit by a car. She has some bleeding in her mouth and is breathing hard but no bones are broken. She can walk but is very wobbly and weak. Hopefully any internal damage is minimal and the lung damage will be absorbed. The bad news is this is a holiday weekend, my vets office is closed until Tuesday. At this point I don't think anything will help but tincture of time.