Thursday, February 20, 2014
That's a Wrap!
I must say, I do so love this bird. She is so calm, when she's not too fat. We flew her yesterday in Spring Grove after squirrels. She did contact one, and got the only bite I've ever seen her get since I have had her. The wound bled clean, and after a cleanup with iodine and topical antibiotic, looks to be healing fine. The squirrel got away. She let me fuss over her foot and didn't mind my ministrations at all.
I plan to conduct an experiment with her. Because I can no long fly her to hunt, I'm going to place some full spectrum lighting on a timer in her mew. It's going to suddenly become summer for her, with 15+ hours of daylight. I'd like to stimulate her molt to get going early. I want her to be done and in shape so we can get out hunting as soon as the season opens in September next year.
Wasp may get flown a bit more, as things melt. I want to work more with him, focusing on birds. As spring progresses, we will have lots of nesting starlings, and there are always European House Sparrows. I want to build up his confidence on catching more prey items than just mice, which he's pretty good at. However, it has to warm up more than what is going on outside. I popped my head outside the door and took a little clip of the snow coming down. There was a clap of thunder snow a little while ago. The wind will get blowing tonight, and push around the 5 to 8 inches of snow we are forecast for. Spring is still several months away, but for me, the falconry hunting season is mostly over.