After 40 days and 40 nights in insurance company limbo, the falcon mobile is back in one piece again! We're due two feet of snow over the weekend so we might be relegated to using the truck the rest of the season anyway but it's still good to have the stinky little bugger back.
Speaking of stinky little buggers, Cedric is coming right along -- glacially slow in hawk-time but somewhere around warp-8 in owl-time. Pro tip: owls don't offer running commentary about your choice of T.V. show like HAHAs do.
Lily continues to do well on pheasants - provided we can get a second flush. She's still struggling with rabbits, but the new snow may help - dry ground late in the year is tough sledding for a hawk on the learning curve.
I posted the following series of screen caps on FB this week and I'll repeat them here as they show quite well how hawks like to go about catching pheasants. As you can see, a hawk has almost no chance catching up to a pheasant in a straight tail chase:
But, if you can re-flush the pheasant, they'll get it almost every time:
Then it's dinner time!
Here are the source videos:
Merry Christmas everyone!