Monday, August 13, 2007

Bird "Bleg"

Which as readers of blogs know is a Blogger's Beg.

I am going into this season birdless as well as almost utterly penniless. Next year should be better but is... next year.

I am mainly interested in Goshawks, Sakers, and (probably crossed with Saker) Gyrs (better health down here).

Gosses I probably have to get myself (all NM permits taken so no "passagers" available here) though if a breeder has an unclaimed individual...

Saker and Gyr females are probably too valuable to let go even this late. But if anyone knows or knows of a male going begging or in need of a home let me know.

I am NOT looking for an older problem hawk and would look such a gift "in the mouth" so to speak. I need a hawk that is unafraid of or inexperienced with dogs to work with them in pursuit flights.

Thanks!

3 comments:

Paul said...

Passage Prairie? Be glad to assist, who can resist a weekend of driving and eating crappy donuts and drinking Allsups coffee? Though, I guess the St Augustine Plains are devoid of Allsups, Pie Town must have an alternative...

Matt Mullenix said...

Passage prairie is a great suggestion, Paul. I should have thought of that! The American saker....

Steve Bodio said...

I do like the males for small birds. But despite all the old "American saker" stuff they are very different and I don't like them as well. Evolutionarily they are now known to be descended from a more peregrine- like ancestor, quite off the mainstream of the other desert falcons that they superficially resemble. They have different personalities and long peregrine type toes, and aren't as committed to fur. Though I have seen some females that were interested in hares they were all imprints.

Tuuli strongly favored the gyr side-- I have seen others that were much more "prairie".

Now if I could only trap a passage GOS out your way...