Friday, October 14, 2011
One of those Most Memorable Days!
On my way over to visit with Justin, I received a call from Dave, my former sponsor, inviting me to come sit in his blind for bow netting. I am oh so very glad I accepted the invitation! I have all the gear assembled, and will be doing some bow netting myself on this side of the river. Today gave me a chance to witness the set-up in person, and to observe the process. Oh . . . and what the process produced today!
Dave had drawn one of only three permits to trap a peregrine in the state of Wisconsin. Only two birds were going to be allowed to be taken from those three permitees, and unfortunately those two were already filled. He has been promised that if he gets a permit next year, he will be first on the list. It's too bad . . . for she was perfect! A very large female peregrine falcon, weighing 1083 grams (38.2 oz). She is HUGE, and larger by far than the two birds that were taken by other falconers . . . but unfortunately, she had to be released. We took pictures, then sent her on her way. After release, she climbed into the sky, roused on the wing, and went about her way, like we hadn't stopped her journey in the least.