Thursday, May 26, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Ghost, Petra and I went to Moose Pass on Friday night. Every year Bird TLC is invited back to Trail Lake Lodge to do presentations for their birding groups. We always have a good time and meet some great people from all over the states. Since I went solo, there are no photos of the presentation, but here's Ghost and Petra chillin' afterwards.
Moose Pass is not a large town so there's not a lot of traffic off the main road. We only attracted a few people at the lodge.
Ghost didn't care. He said "I'm off the clock. I'm enjoying the quiet".
Petra did a few calls for the few that walked by. I think she thought they wanted her salmon. She didn't want it then, but she didn't want to share.
Nothing like a nice bath after a long over-nighter.
Thanks Dave, Doug, Chris and Nan for having down again this year. It's a big treat for us.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
The first release of the year will be tonight at the Eagle River Nature Center right after their auction. BE 11-29 came to Bird TLC less than a month ago from Kodiak after it was hit by a truck. He recovered fast and has quite the attitude.
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Monday, May 02, 2011
Even tough Bird TLC doesn't hold a permit for their education birds to reproduce and even though Petra doesn't have a mate, she still goes through the steps of building a nest.
Here she is gathering grass to line her nest.
Petra is considered partially flighted, so she has a very large mew. Sticks and limbs provided by Lisa are arranged by Petra to form what she considers a nesting area. Lisa will hand her a limb and Petra will size it with her beak. If it fits her needs she takes it and places it in the nesting area were Petra feels it needs to be.
Here she's placing grass within the nesting area.
Petra is very protective of the nesting area. Weighing almost 14 lbs, she can very intimidating. We stay clear of the area when we enter her mew for feeding, watering and stuff. She's also more receptive to Lisa than me right now. We're not sure if it's because she's more familiar with Lisa right now or what.
Anyways, Petra is staying very busy right now.
The bottom 2 photos are by Lisa Pajot and the top 2 are by Dave Dorsey.