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Name?

Erie


Falconer?

Rob Rainey


Species?

Finnish Goshawk


Sex?

Male


Hunting weight?

Averaged about 750 grams


Dates, and number of seasons flow?

Born May 16, 2017.  He was about five months old


Wild trapped, or captive bred?

Captive bred.  He was tame hacked for 21 days by Jeff Kisak in Erie, Pennsylvania.


Trapping story, or info about acquisition?

See above.  I received him at 790 grams on July 24th, 2017


Training?


Hunting style?

Lethal.  Versatile. Easy.  He took 51 head, primarily rabbits and miscellaneous feather, by October 10th, 2017.


Preferred habitat?

Cross timber plains, fields, and heavily timbered rolling hills.


Typical quarry?

Rabbits and miscellaneous feather.


Favorite quarry to hawk, and why?

Miscellaneous feather.  Hard pumping, twisting, aerobatic flights over 100 yards.


Bird's favorite quarry to hawk?

Small children and deer.


Description of the most memorable season?

One of the best early season's every - mild weather combined with abundant juvenile quarry.


Favorite hawking story?

Around the beginning of September, he (inadvertently) took a turkey vulture 75 feet out of the air in north east Oklahoma, while heading for a group of misc. feather and crows.  Fortunately, I was able to make in quickly and effect a catch and release without significant injury to the vulture.


Bird's favorite quote?

"What the hell are you doing?!?!"

"I like your favorite middle daughter Amanda (pictured above) a lot better than you!"

"Your dog is a lot more helpful than you are"


Bird's favorite falconry video?


By Steve Schwab


Anything else?

I loved this bird!  Best Imprint Tiercel Finnish Goshawk ever!  He was a muscled up killing machine.


Sad ending.  While out late chasing Mitch Wishon's Tiercel Goshawk that had flown off on October 10th, 2017, I ran out of time to fly my bird.  We decided to "slum it" at the local Walmart, and catch some starlings and maybe a nuisance grackle or two.  First flight, immediately caught a starling, and he (unusually) flew off in the darkness to a nearby field.  We tracked him quickly with his backpacked telemetry and LED bell on his tarsus, and found him five minutes later, apparently stabbed to death and robbed of the starling by a likely Great Horned Owl.  All that remained of the starling was a few feathers.  No signs of injury, just ice pick wounds all over his body.  I had flown this area over fifteen years without incident.  We were shocked and devastated.  First loss from a wild raptor for me, and it was tough to take.

 
 

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