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Date:10/2/2014 6:36:22 AM
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Hi, Mackenzie,
Mom read a book a couple years back about a falconer who got interested as a boy. He learned a lot on his own and read books. This was in the 60s. Apparently there were no licensing laws in those days. Wish mom could recall the name of the book. Think she checked it out at the library. Anyway, he had a succession of birds over the years and traveled a bit where others were practicing falconry and there were meets or something like that.

Let's see, where did we leave off...Dad and the sponsor managed to catch a young redtail (first year, less than a year old) and dad held it on his lap on the way home as it was hooded and had the wings immobilized with a nylon stocking (the foot and panty part cut off, think mom donated one, heehee.) Apparently the hawk can't see the nylon fishing loops and only sees the bunny underneath the trap and when lands gets stuck. Oh, yeah, mom had to get the training tidbits at the store. Beef heart. (Yuck.) She usually found it at the hispanic specialty groceries, there was one near where they lived. Dad would cut in small pieces to use as rewards and keep it in his pocket in a resealable plastic bag. He had an old leather jacket that got used for hawking (as he called it). For subsequent transporting of the hawk dad had built a travel box. He called it the hawkbox. Was wooden with a perch inside. Think there were holes or slats for air, but the hawk would be hooded inside so didn't need to see out or anyone to see in. To be continued.

BTW, it's fun to give the story of the parronts' experience with falconry. It probably isn't that common, but once dad got licensed his sponser introduced them to his sponsor and a couple more long time falconers.

Anytime us birds can be out of the birdhouse for a long period of time is a good one. Where are the furballs when you birds are out?

Have a great day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.
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