I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 8:41 AM GMT on June 21, 2012
Still no rain for weeks.
AH, but the fog has returned. This morning flights were cancelled. Freight we were waiting for circled then turned back and was dropped at Sand Point. My boss was here a few days and was leaving at 7 AM. Not so. Gone at 5 PM. It was a good visit, with a couple of good meals at The Grand Aleutian. Crusted Ahi Tuna and a Kona Burger.
The tuna was VERY VERY rare. OK, sushi. Which I prefer deep fried...
Flights were cancelled this morning, but it was a beautiful evening with only a cuppla clouds.
I was saddened to hear the city was removing two eagle nests in our megagopolis. One is near the “clinic”. A guy was attacked, actually grazed, by an eagle several years ago near that nest. Yes, the attack drew blood. Just like shaving. It was several years ago, and the city made a decision based on that empirical evidence. I assume all dogs will be dumped in the bay very soon.
Even though eagles are well protected, there are always ways to shut them down. In this case the fact there was a “safety issue” allowed approval to tear up the nest. DONE.
Another nest, my favorite as it was easily visible at close range, is now doomed to destruction. The one by the Post Office. They paid $15,000 to get a permit to destroy a long standing nest. It will allow the building of a walking path across town. There is already a primitive path there.
I got some great photos there during the past few years. Mom and her chicks.
Maybe the eagles heard about the plan. Now there is another nest, brand new, about 100 feet along the cliff. (You can figure the meters, if you must). The old nest seems to be abandoned. I wonder if there is another $15,000 required for the new nest. Two for 30,000.
I say save the money and let the eagles fly. There are hundreds of eagles here, but I know of only about 8 nests. The other nests are obviously well hidden or remote. I like seeing the few that are (still) visible.
This weekend our family is having a reunion in Louisville. JoeKentucky’s side of the family. There will be a nice gathering from all over the country. New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Boise Idaho. Unfortunately, Dutch is TRUBBA, I had plans to wait until the last minute and make a decision and I am now there. It was very slow until yesterday, when we heard about all the boats heading in. BIG boats here , and more coming in.
It is a bad time to fly 3915 air miles for a weekend. Then back Would love to see everyone.
I WILL be there Friday, but probably just via conference call. Pass the cell around.
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