Saturday, April 10, 2021
|My Harris's Hawk Farrah was banded when I got her. The band was installed without its clear protective tube; soon it was unreadable. I cut it off, sent it to authorities, and they sent me another with a different official number. Changing numbers bugged me a little. With a Harris's, it means the Baywing database has to be updated to be accurate. Even installed correctly, in a year or so, the legibility starts to degrade, which defeats the purpose of the band. |
Federal Regulation excerpts:
(i) If you take a goshawk, Harris's hawk ( Parabuteo unicinctus ), peregrine falcon ( Falco peregrinus ), or gyrfalcon ( Falco rusticolus ) from the wild or acquire one from another falconer or a rehabilitator, and if the raptor is not already banded, you must band it with a permanent, nonreusable, numbered U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service leg band that your State, tribal, or territorial agency will supply.
(iii) If the band must be removed or is lost from a raptor in your possession, you must report the loss of the band within 5 days, and you must then do at least one of the following:
(A) Request a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service nonreusable band from your State, tribal, or territorial agency that regulates falconry.
(iv) You must not alter, deface, or counterfeit a band.
The link below directs to my source for the new band. There may be a domestic vendor too. The ring only cost me $15 delivered.
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Monday, February 8, 2021
I have decided to hunt with Cisco daily until he catches a squirrel. He is now close to a good weight, and performing well enough.
Had a busy evening hunt with Cisco. We probably would have taken a squirrel home if I hadn't run in on him yelling my head off when he caught his second squirrel that bailed from the tree near the creek. Not sure what I thought I was accomplishing. I think Cisco decided he was dealing with a madman and just released it. He actually looked like he had it OK. We hunted for about two hours, lots of chases. He was 955 grams when we left the house. Out tomorrow afternoon. Arnold was superb.
A Bald Eagle flew over the woods while Cisco was chasing a squirrel. Cisco flew to a tall tree to watch and I decided it was a good time to end the hunt. Cisco watched the eagle fly off and went right back to chasing the same squirrel.
Tomorrow no morning hunt, just an evening hunt with Cisco, Farrah out the next morning.
|Cisco and Arnold after I |
made him release the squirrel
A good morning with Farrah. Breezy, she had some good flights and she caught game.
* from Pinky by Elton John, used without permission. Alternate titles: Cisco's 200th squirrel** or The 2020 Election Day Hun...
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