Monday, September 15, 2008

Kestrels

Another falconer hooked me up with some sparrows over the weekend so I spent a couple hours trapping Sunday afternoon. I wanted to test out the sparrow harnesses that I made but discovered that I need to adjust the design a bit after loosing two of my sparrows when they were able to slip out of the harness! Luckily I had a BC as backup and we had some success:

Suzume wo te ni irete futatabi amecho wo neratte trapping shi ni itte kimashita. 2jikan gurai de osu wo 2 wa torimashita. Mesu ga hoshii node ryouhou tomo hanashimashita. Tanoshikatta desu!!

Four pictures may be a bit misleading as we only caught two males but they're so darn pretty I took lots of pictures. Since I'm after a female, these were released right after posing for the pics. I did find out though that the male kestrel hood I made fits!

Jibun de tsukutta hood wa pittari aimasu!

And while trapping the kestrels was a blast, one thing that made the short trip even better was my wife's willingness to come along and even drive!. She's not a bird person and I know there were probably other things she would have rather done but she was a trooper and drove great (as evidenced by our success!). It's a blessing to be able to share the activities you love with the ones that you love and by the end I even think she was having fun...Thanks Toe!

3 comments:

Jess, Dust, and Wyatt said...

I've had food poisoning or the flu for the past 2 days, so I'm a little weak and weird anyway...but I got all choked up and teary eyed as I read that Toe went along with you to catch your kestrels (which are gorgeous by the way...remember when we caught that one that flew down our chimney that one day? It was all covered in soot and we had to dismantle the whole chimney pipe to save it?). I know how much it means to you to have her there with you and supporting you and I'm just glad she had a nice time. That's awesome.

Love you guys!

Nichols Family said...

Of course I had a goog time! Falconry ROCKS! It was the best afternoon of my life!

Mom N said...

So great that trapping season is upon you & you can take advantage of it. Great to see your photos! Great to hear Toe is driving you around! Great to hear your gear is working! Yahoo!

Sure love you. Hugs to all.