Sunday, December 11, 2011
A member of the Minnesota Falconry community hosted a min-meet on Saturday, December 10, and having the day off, I thought it would be a good opportunity to go to the Cities and meet her, and show off my birds, but also let this young person see other falconers and their birds. We met up for breakfast, she and a guardian, Dean (which I insisted on . . . she is a young lady after all). She got to see two other falconers work their hawks over bunnies, with one in particular who has a very nice, very well-trained cattle dog. Sassy was also flown briefly (it was pretty cold) and she furred a bunny as it escaped down a hole, but otherwise was distracted by all the mice in the grass, of which she did not catch any. I wanted to fly Hit Girl on squirrels, so broke away from the rest of the club and went with Motaki and Dean to a woods that they knew of. I figured this was a good move as well, because I wanted her to experience a personal hunt without the distraction of the hoard of people that turned out for the meet. I still don't know quite how well Hit Girl would respond with so many people in the field, and didn't want to find out the hard way, with her flying off.
Motaki is fascinated by falconry, and thinks she just might like to get into this. She'd like to do so now . . . I've cautioned that it might take time, perhaps many years, but it never hurts to start learning now. Above I let her hold Sassy, and showed her how we position them on the glove. We even flew Sassy a little more in this park, and I let Motaki call her to the fist a couple times. I think she is hooked! I know I would have been at her age . . . . and wish I could have met someone like me when I was 12.
It was nice putting a face to the pen pal who has been writing to me for a few months now. I'd also like to thank Dean for bringing her along for the day's adventures . . . . and to her mom for letting her come. The Cities are a bit of a hike, but I could come that way from time to time, so we will definitely keep in touch.