Wednesday, February 17, 2016


It is with profound sadness that I announce the death of Sassy, my captive-raised female Harris Hawk.  She would have been 8 in 2016.  She was one of the best falconry birds I have ever had, and she will be terribly missed.

I don't have details yet.  I was able to get her to the Raptor Center on Tuesday, but despite the efforts of some of the best raptor vets in the world, she died while they were trying to figure out what was wrong.  Possibly her heart.  It was not from injury, and I don't think disease, as she appeared fine on Monday.  As I know, I will share here.

With her death my 2015/2016 falconry season comes to a crashing halt.  Wyvern is also out right now with a toe injury, and I have been fussing and worried about her, only to be additionally distressed with Sassy's sudden illness and death.  The season was going to be over at the end of the month either way.

The painting above was made by my neice, Sarah, as a gift to me.  It now has an additional special meaning.

Sassy looks to the horizon.  Her horizon is now a setting sun.  She will be greatly missed.

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