I am a woman falconer, enjoying the Great Outdoors with a hawk on my fist.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Today Richard and I and the Harris Hawk made a trip to Rochester to meet up with some friends there, have some yummy Indian food for lunch, and fly the bird. I've been calling her Sassy Pants, or just Sassy, and it seems to be sticking. I like this girl! She is so nice, for a hawk, but she's a tough girl and hunts too. Today we worked a favorite spot along a RR track in Byron, and within 20 minutes, and about the third bunny flush, she caught this bunny. She's had two other catches of squirrels lately, scraping them off their branch and bringing them to the ground, but they were big gray squirrels that kicked her off. She's chased several others. She has heart . . . and I'm having a good time with her. When we arrived to Rochester we had to make a quick stop due to some of our cargo shifting, and when we stopped there were some city crows milling about. I'm told this girl will hunt crows, so I had to pick up a guide to find out when they can be hunted. We missed the fall season, but it will pick up again in the spring, so I just might have to do some car hawking with her. Soon it will probably be too cold to hunt her . . . . so the new bird is being groomed and will be ready.
Yes . . . soon I'll have the Coming Out Party for my new Red Tailed Hawk. Come visit again.
Falconry! Or more appropriately for me, Hawking! It is a passion, and a way of life. I happily pursue this sport, with the loving assistance of my husband. Come along with me for our adventures with the birds. Primarily we actively pursue it in the colder months . . . the rest of the time I try to make this blog as interesting as possible. Come let me share my stories, and feel free to contact me. I always enjoy talking about my obsession with this sport.