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My favorite photo - a newly fledged Bald Eagle has a feisty American Kestrel take a ride for a second, taken at the river behind the house. My favorite photo - a newly fledged Bald Eagle has a feisty American Kestrel take a ride for a second, taken at the river behind the house.

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Pileated Woodpecker pair in the front yard. New photos nearly every day on our Blog page!

Things are always hopping at the Raptors of the Rockies organization. We're taking care of the birds and maintaining their enclosures, we're conducting raptor programs at local schools and organizations across Western Montana, art is flying out of the studio, we're taking photos and shooting video, we're out in the field birding and/or doing research, and much, much more.

To help you keep up with the flurry of activities happening at Raptors of the Rockies, we're blogging on a more-or-less daily basis and our most recent posts are listed below. Enjoy!

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MAM Auction
Posted: Sat, 19 Jan 2019
This is the one time a year you will see price tags on the wonderful variety of artwork in the Missoula Art Museum. The 47th Annual Benefit Art Auction is coming up, Saturday, February 2nd at the UC Ballroom. Top photo shows our Raptors Board Member Bev Beck Glueckert's monoprint, "Vulture with Corn Moon" and next features my etching, "Osprey." See you there, and bid 'em up!

Sonora's Perch Today
Posted: Tue, 15 Jan 2019
In front of a Burrowing Owl Family.

Saturday Night Swans
Posted: Sun, 13 Jan 2019
Tundra Swans, young birds are gray, right behind the house just before dark. NEWS ALERT: They are Trumpeter Swans, correctly identified by friends on Facebook. Even Better!

Posted: Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Sonora the Aplomado Falcon was just watching the bird feeder in the front yard, resident rooster pheasant and nuisance Eastern Fox Squirrel that showed up, today's target. These non-resident rats were introduced in Greenough Park in Missoula so that someone would be reminded of their roots in Michigan. Something like that.

Social Media
Posted: Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The other posts:

Mookie Today!
Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2019

My Favorite Songbird
Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2019
We have an infrequent and unpredictable driveway denizen now, a Northern Shrike - the falcon of the songbirds. I have been "chumming" for House Sparrows, tossing whatever seed the pigeons don't eat in a spot outside the living room window. I had hoped to attract predators to photograph, namely Merlins and Sharp-shinned Hawks. This year a shrike showed up, migrant from the far north. And for some reason terrible, out-of-focus photos taken from inside through an open window. These guys and eat birds and mammals all winter, cool.  More pictures and news on the way, promise - this is my latest obsession!

Chick A Dee Dee
Posted: Mon, 07 Jan 2019
This Black-capped Chickadee in the front yard had a bent tail, probably from roosting in a nearby cavity at night, to straighten out during the day in the (brief) sun. Love these birds, feeders stocked with black oil sunflower seed.

Posted: Sun, 06 Jan 2019

Posted: Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Imagine my pride at this catch by Sib the Peregrine, a Vagrant Shrew.  Only the second time she has done this, once with a vole and both at One Horse Creek across the road. Couldn't resist I guess. Ha!

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