I am a woman falconer, enjoying the Great Outdoors with a hawk on my fist.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
It's been very cold up here recently in Minnesota (and Wisconsin, and Iowa, and Illinois). It has limited the days I can take Sassy out hunting, as she just can't tolerate the temperature if it drops much below the 20s. Last week we had a temperate day, and I wanted to fly her. Rich and I ended up taking her to the park in St. Charles. There are squirrels there. Also, I saw lots of bunny sign . . . but where the heck those bunnies were hiding, I never discovered. There was little to no brush, and I never saw any holes. Either way, we never flushed any bunnies. After our unsuccessful walk in the woods I was just about ready to call it quits and get going home, when we came across a single squirrel in a tree by the car. This tree was rather isolated from the trees around it, offering the squirrel very few options for escape. We gave chase . . . and here is a short video.
It's not exactly the most glamorous squirrel catch, but it resulted in a warm lunch for Sassy.
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.