Wednesday, February 22, 2012
One of my Favorite Spots
Next up was Hit Girl, who was quite a bit more motivated. With her larger size she really did get pushed around by the wind, and as we moved down the field we were kicking up and practically stepping on rabbits all over the place. To avoid getting blown around too much, Hit Girl was taking perches that were not very commanding, so did not have the momentum behind her when a slip was provided to her. We walked down the field, and turned to come back up, briefly chased a couple squirrels, and avoided a train that zipped past. We were almost to the point where we would exit and leave, when she disappeared down the way and dropped out of sight. I walked back looking for her, listening for her bells, and eventually found her tucked under a brushy bush, clutching a bunny. We didn't even see the catch, or the flush for that matter. Oh well! A catch is a catch.
This brings our totals for the year to 12 bunnies/2 squirrels for Sassy; 3 bunnies/9 squirrels for Hit Girl. There are still a few more days until the end of the season in Minnesota. I wonder if we can get to 30 total between them both before then. I have a permit to continue flying in Wisconsin for another month . . . but it is warming up, and the bird's feathers are looking like crap. Probably will hang up the gauntlet pretty soon.