My favorite photo - a newly fledged Bald Eagle has a feisty American Kestrel take a ride for a second, taken at the river behind the house.
Pileated Woodpecker pair in the front yard. New photos nearly every day on our Blog page!
Things are always hopping at the Raptors of the Rockies organization. We're taking care of the birds and maintaining their enclosures, we're conducting raptor programs at local schools and organizations across Western Montana, art is flying out of the studio, we're taking photos and shooting video, we're out in the field birding and/or doing research, and much, much more.
To help you keep up with the flurry of activities happening at Raptors of the Rockies, we're blogging on a more-or-less daily basis and our most recent posts are listed below. Enjoy!
Award!Posted: Fri, 20 Oct 2017I was the totally-surprised winner of the Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award 2017 from the illustrious Conservation Roundtable, presenter Dr. Erick Greene. He asked me months ago to send my resume and I informed him that I didn't have one as I haven't had a job in 30 years! Somehow my biography was good enough, and I am included with the ranks of previous winners - Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival, Smoke and Thelma Elser who hosted the gala gathering, and Senator Max Baucus. A standing ovation from attendees and the greatest folks in the west in conservation and getting the word out there. Thanks everyone, you are my heroes!
Simone the Red-tailed HawkPosted: Wed, 18 Oct 2017Our newest family member had her debut program on Montana Public Radio, Pea Green Boat with host Annie Garde. Always a bit of a scare, not knowing how she will react to a travel box ride in the car and suddenly "on the air live," but she was awesome. This photo is taken from the control booth by Rhett Pruitt-Hoff, her two kids Henry and Sietze also as guests. No, that's not John Floridis playing guitar on the right - just a poster on the wall! She still has a few feathers poking up on her head, but otherwise has molted into a gorgeous hawk, ready and rarin' too go.
Red SquirrelPosted: Wed, 18 Oct 2017
R.I.P. AudreyPosted: Tue, 17 Oct 2017Our 15-year old constant companion cat Audrey passed away last night and will be very much missed. She seemed omnipresent in the house, garage, yard - everywhere. She even accompanied us to the river in the evenings. Well, she followed Tom as she was his cat. A sudden loss and this will take some getting used to.
Sibley's 15 Season!Posted: Mon, 16 Oct 2017
MerlinsPosted: Wed, 11 Oct 2017Either I'm seeing the same little falcon over and over again, or we are inundated with Merlins lately. Well, as much as little speedy, dashing raptors can besiege a yard! This female was chomping on a bird, which makes up just about their entire diet. That's why we have bird feeders (one reason anyway.)
Join us tomorrow at 4 pm MST for an hour on Montana Public Radio, left of the FM dial and streaming live on the web at mtpr.org. Birds, debut program for our new Red-tailed Hawk Simone, and some wonderful kids.
The Last Osprey?Posted: Sun, 08 Oct 2017Two young Ospreys were flying in the high winds, gusts nearly blew me over, but they seemed to be playing in the sky. They both had big crops, so were full of fish, but this one half-heartedly swooped on a fish or two.
Deer at the SloughPosted: Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Pelican FlotillaPosted: Thu, 05 Oct 2017American White Pelicans at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge yesterday, with my pal Cathy Scholtens, shooting birds.
Young OspreyPosted: Wed, 04 Oct 2017From the beach tonight, on her way to Mexico or Central America. Minimum travel distance from here is 1000 miles one way, and they stay on the "wintering grounds" for two or three years before venturing back. Oddball birds!