The off- label "Gila monster drug" has not proved revolutionary. Though I will finish it and it improves things marginally, no "Lourdes moment".
I wanted a small imprint falcon this year, and called Bill Meeker in El P, who breeds such. He had just sold a male Barbary who would have been perfect. He suggested instead that I take a 34 ounce -- i.e. HUGE-- female Gyr-Barbary which had just come out of the chamber and had not been handled at all before the last two days. I said he was crazy. He said she would make a great hare hawk. I said she would be wild. He said she already hooded well and would not jump off the fist. I said that I had no money; he said she was free and he would drive her up.
She has been here three days and so far she has not done anything wrong, which is remarkable.