|First, you gotta get to the cliff.|
|The view from the top.|
|Getting over the lip is usually the hardest part!|
We picked out an old raven nest as a target. The ravens have an active nest on this cliff, but it's around the corner and we didn't bother them. I really thought there should be a prairie falcon on this cliff, but a look several weeks ago didn't show anything. However, while hiking up to the top, a male prairie came overhead and checked us out. Even though I'm after a peregrine this year, I think I'll swing back by here in early June and see if I can't find prairies, just for future reference.
|Heading down the cliff.|
|At the nest- empty, but recently used.|
Back at home, and a few weeks later, I wanted to try a few things with my shunt. The shunt is a device that clips to the rope and can act as a self-locker. When held open, the rope goes thru, but when released, it locks on the rope. This allows you to stop and rest or to hang on the rope, hands-free. I've been clipping the shunt to my leg loop and I wanted to see how well that work out should I find myself upside down or in a bad situation. We have an 8' tall storage container that's perfect for practicing.
|Look Ma! No hands!|
|Here's the shunt attached to my leg loop|
|Shunt (R) clipped to main loops|
As far as the actual peregrines go, we checked on them again and the female was still incubating, so we've got 2-3 weeks to go still.
News on David- results from the bone-marrow biopsy show that his bones are making blood. That's good news. There are still some tests to come back and then we'll see if there are toxins involved here or what else might be going on. At this point, it seems that we've moved into hemolytic anemia territory where his spleen is the issue. That also is good news because a partial splenectomy is a fairly safe and fairly successful treatment for hemolytic anemia. But again, we're waiting on some tests. In any case, the plan is use transfusions to keep his blood levels up until we get a more permanent cure. He certainly has been happier and had a much better appetite since his 1st transfusion.