Pest Bird Abatement book now Available!

March 29, 2015 - Leave a Response

Book Cover PBA

A How-To guide for managers of facilities and municipalities in need of Falconry-Based Pest Bird Abatement. Discusses the problems, expectations, and costs associated with raptor guards, as well as how the service works.

Hot off the press, so to speak.

Go here https://www.createspace.com/4957549

to find out how to order your copy.

Bird Eat Bird World

March 18, 2015 - Leave a Response

The same day I acquired Hally the Hawk,
( my faux furry raptor, and yes, you can pet this birdie),
she went off on a tear and attacked the much maligned
Phil the Pheasant while he was lounging on the scanner.

Hally&PhilAs if it were not bad enough that Austin routinely turns him inside out.

But turnabout is fair play.
Nikki, the very nearly toy Harris’ Hawk
spied Hally peeking out of a bag in the Raptor Van
and made off with her.

IMG_3145Thus proving that Nikki does have a killer instinct after all.

Is it me? Or are taxes too complicated and weird?

March 13, 2015 - 2 Responses

This year’s tax filing continues the trend of obscure and mysterious tax situations that render the forms nearly incomprehensible.  Take this small section, for example.

Weird Taxes

Here we have a snapshot from a page of the CA State details.

You have to pay tax on rewards received from a crime hotline?  Is recycling income bottles & cans related?  What constitutes a water conservation device?  Getting rid of your lawn will get you a tax discount?  Oh, and my favorite.  There are so many people who won their False Imprisonment lawsuits that they have to put the compensation received for it on the tax form?  And what does the Ottoman Turkish Empire have to do with us and why are we settling financially with them?

There are whole worlds of weirdness that affect us, and about which we know zippo.

Raptor Obsessed

March 4, 2015 - Leave a Response

I have been watching birds during my morning and evening walks with Austin.  We saw this Juvenile Red Tail getting harassed by crows.

HawkFlyByHe is in a light phase of coloring and is molting, as you can see by the gaps in his wing feathers.  It made him easy to recognize.  And a few weeks later there were two of them, both settling back into one, tall, waving palm tree.
Today, the molting one came low to check me and Austin out and Austin barked.  The bird, about 6 feet above my head, visibly flinched, and then came back for another look.

White Belly

Then the other red tail in the palm tree started crying the hawk alarm for DOG! or canine, or coyote.  So I returned the call.  And then there were TWO hawks circling me and Austin low, and the alarm was still on from the Palm Tree.  Three juvenile red tails hanging out together?

HawkLook

Too soon for babies to be out and about.  This is a mystery.

In the meantime

AploTalk

No matter how loud I talk, Tyrion has to upstage me.

7 seconds of exposure, uh, I mean fame, er, something

February 27, 2015 - One Response

So last Friday local Channels 7 & 11 needed a quick bird clip and I was available on short notice.
Here’s the link.  Don’t blink.  http://abc7.com/news/ocean-water-quality-improving-at-poche-beach-/530160/

Channel 7 copy  channel 7 - 2

Spring Book Bling

February 18, 2015 - Leave a Response

It is most definitely Spring in So Cal.
The Acacia has already come and gone, leaving that nostalgic sweet scent wafting about
that used to be my favorite flower and now gives me a horrendous sneezing fit.

IMG_2928At the New Year we had a two day and 6″ deep snow blast that was all we got of winter
( nothing like what our friends on the Right Coast with 7 feet of snow have to deal with right now).

YardSpring flowers are bursting out all over, decorating the most dour of expressions on the most fearsome of beasties.
This is Nikki.

IMG_2944and I have a book about to come out on Amazon
Pest Bird Abatement Using Falconry: The Client Guide

Book Cover PBA
Written for anyone burdened with solving a nuisance bird overpopulation problem.  I wrote this to give administrators and managers a short cut into the Falconry-based abatement Q & A and decision-making stream.

If you see little birdie terrorists having their way with someone’s lunch or garbage cans,
feel free to mention this resource to whomever appears to be in charge!

Alas, The Berkeley Bubble, issue two of The LiveAboard DocuComic Series is still not finished.
I need to rack up more referrals to the print for less shop if I’m going to get it printed.
It would cost a fortune to print it through Amazon.  Full color and all.
That means finding more people to take advantage of the referral deal of
500 business cards designed for free by me and printed for free by PFL and shipped for $9.30 by FedEx.

Know anyone who needs a nice biz card?

Pest Bird Abatement

January 27, 2015 - 2 Responses

Nice work if you can get it.  This pic appeared on the Facebook page of a hotel guest.

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Pushing ahead

December 9, 2014 - Leave a Response

My last LifeLines radio show played today.  I have been reaching for too many activities and something had to give.  I recorded the show at the actual KISL station, which is significantly easier than trying to assemble 2 hours of sound from afar.  I will be uploading all of the archives from the past year and a half to cynxing.com and also KISLAvalon.com in case anyone wants to check it out.

In other news, a 60 lb. bobcat just strolled past my deck.  I didn’t take a photo because that would have meant looking away for a second.

The Hunter Becomes the Hunted

November 13, 2014 - Leave a Response
Sheran James was walking her dog at the marina when she bumped into me walking Austin.

We began blathering and, long story short, we are both radio show hosts.  Her interview of me will air on the internet at http://kx935.com/show/thesharinhour 93.5 FM from Laguna, this Sunday at 6 pm PST.

Hopefully mine of her will air at 11:30 am Monday at KISL Avalon 88.7 FM

We are both animated talkers, (and she’s got a great British accent) so I have no doubt that they will be fun to hear. Can’t tune in then?  No worries, she archives her podcasts like I … am supposed to do.

Fair Winds on the Air Waves, Y’all – C

Creative License

November 6, 2014 - Leave a Response

Despite having tons of other things to do, I made this movie today about Austin’s Summer Vacation in Colorado.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgPAt8FSY6I&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share

I’ve got plenty of other things to do, but my Muse made me do it.  Enjoy…

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