EVE'S DIARY 2014 - 2015
Female Harris Hawk. 7th Season
EVE'S DIARY 2014 - 2015 her 7th season
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Thu 4th Sept 2014
I have been reducing her food to one chicks every day and for the couple of weeks getting her to feed off the glove in the aviary. I caught her up as she ate a chick and fitted jesses etc. Her weight was 2lb 8 1/2 oz. Bowed her out in the garden while I took the perches out the aviary. She will be bowed down until she gets going
Fri 5thSept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 8 1/4oz. Fed 1 chick on the glove manned her for 3 hours. She caught her first rabbit on the lamp at this weight last year.
Sat 6th Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 8 oz. Got her to jump then fly a meter but then she got spooked and wouldn't come. Manned her in the house.
Sun 7th Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 7 3/4oz. She came 3 times up to 4 meters then wasn't interested, manned her for 3 hours.
Mon 8th Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 7 1/4oz. She came 4 times slow response, manned her for 3 hours.
Tue 9thSept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 7oz. Fed 1 chick but she wasn't that keen to come to me, manned her for 3 hours.
Wed 10th Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 6 1/2 oz. I think somebody has swapped Eve during the moult! Got her to jump then fly a meter but then she got spooked and wouldn't come. Manned her in the house.
Fri 12th Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 6 1/4oz. She came 3 times up to 4 meters then wasn't interested getting upset over something?, manned her for 2 hours.
Sat 13th Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 6oz. Tried her on the sports field after dark on the creance with the lamp and she flew the opposite way. So i just walk round the field with her on the glove. Saw a couple of rabbit but Eve didn't bate for them, manned her for 3 hours at home.
Mon 15th Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 3/4oz. She was fine until I attach the creance then she goes in to panic mode and wont do any thing, I don't want to try her with out it though in case she fly's off!! Manned her.
Tue 16thSept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 1/2oz. Set up a fishing line creance and Eve was coming fine in the garden until the line got tangled around the perch. Manned Eve in the house after that.
Wed 17th Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 1/2 oz. Thought sod it and flew her free on the lamp. Eve went for the first rabbit but missed and sat on the floor. I had to get 10mtr before she flew back. After that she was fine and had 3 good long chases before she caught one. Fed her the organs and manned her when we got home
Rabbit 1 (Lamp 1 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Fri 19th Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 6 1/2oz. Went to the Cattery with Alan, still warm night. All horse fields, Eve went for a rabbit near a horse but as the horse got spooked so did Eve and she flew up into a tree. The stables security light then came on and lit up the fields and all the horses got spooked and Eve took off and flew into the distance. Found her with the Marshall receiver within 10 mins. Eve came straight to me for a chick leg. After that we headed to Burstip. Eve caught the only rabbit we saw.
Rabbit 2 (Lamp 2 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Sun 21st Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 1/2oz. Went to the golf coarse with Vanessa, still warm night. Had a couple of flights before we reached the pond, as we got there 4 ducks got up and Eve nailed one and landed in the water. By the time i got there Eve had let go and got to the bank but she was wet. She ignored 2 after that. We then saw a rabbit 20 meter away Eve gave it a chance and let it get to 40 meters before she took off and caught it at about 80 meters. Fed her the pluck and manned her when we got home.
Rabbit 3 (Lamp 3 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Wed 17th Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 1/2 oz. No wind, warm night. Went for a walk down the river. Had a few good flights. Eve caught one near the police station and one on the field next to the car, fed her the pluck from both.
Rabbit 5 (Lamp 5 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Sat 27th Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 1/2oz. Went to the River with Vanessa, still warm night due on the grass. Eve had a lot of long flights but didn't manage to connect with any rabbits. She got wet quick with the due so it was good exercise. Manned her when we got home.
Rabbit 5 (Lamp 5 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Sun 28th Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 oz. Went to Fircloughs, another still warm night with slight fog. We only saw two rabbits, Eve caught the second one. As she grabbed it a fox came running in from the hedge, that's probably why we only saw two. Fed her the organs (pluck) and a front leg as we walked back to the car.
Rabbit 6 (Lamp 6 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Tue 30th Sept 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 oz. Went to Carform with Vanessa. 17deg, slight breeze. Eve had a few short flights and was really out of breath I had to pick her up a couple of times and she was panting. Eve managed to get 2 but the fight took it out of her.
Rabbit 8 (Lamp 8 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Fri 3rd Oct 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 oz. Went to Carform with Phil. Warm and windy. Eve go two in 15 mins so I fed her up and gave Phils HH a go.
Rabbit 10 (Lamp 10 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Sun 5th Oct 2014
Her weight was 2lb 4.5 oz. Went to Bumpy road with Vanessa, another warm night but windy. Saw a lot of rabbits but the grass is very high and they disappeared into it as soon as the lamp went on them. Eve was really panting when she caught the first one and took a while to step off for her reward. She caught two more but couldn't keep hold as if she didn't have the energy. I think she is under the weather as well as having low fitness levels. I fed her up on the 2nd rabbit Eve caught. It was a long flight and she kept hold off it as it dragged her 20 yard through the long grass. Eve will be stopping in the house for a few days while I do repairs on the aviary.
Rabbit 12 (Lamp 12 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Rain all week and Eves been sneezing so i gave her a break
Fri 10th Oct 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 oz. Went to Carform with Phil. Clear sky, full moon very bright. Eve go three, the 2nd one was a black rabbit, gave Eve a good feed then Phils HH had a go. We did the dummy bunny with a rabbit Eve caught as she wouldn't go any rabbits. We increased the distance up to 50mtrs
Rabbit 15 (Lamp 15 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Sun 12th Oct 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 oz. Went to Carform with Vanessa, 10deg no wind, cloud covered the moon. First rabbit she caught was a great chase Eve turned the rabbit 3 times and it was going in and out of cover. The second rabbit was squatting 30 yards away and Eve slammed into it, the rabbit didn't know what hit it. I wanted to finish on a good flight so we carried on and on and on. We had plenty of flights but Eve couldn't get to them before they disappeared. Just as we reached the car we saw one, Eve took off and after turning it a couple of times grabbed it on its back end. She only just had hold of it and the rabbit was dragging her about, before I got there the rabbit broke free. Eve chased it again but it made it to a hole. It would have been nice to finish on that and feed her up. Ended up feeding her up on one she caught earlier.
Rabbit 17 (Lamp 17 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Fri 17th Oct 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 oz. Went to Ampy for a quick walk as it was absolutely pouring down. Eve grabbed the first rabbit she chased but the rabbit did a massive summersault and kicked Eve off, she re-chased but the rabbit made it to cover. Eve caught the 2nd rabbit which also did a summersault but this time the rabbit did it before Eve had got there and when the rabbit landed on all fours Eve slammed into it hard. We had 2 more flights before we got back to the car one was up an almost vertical hill, Eve had no chance being so wet and the last one made it to its warren.
Rabbit 18 (Lamp 18 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Sun 19th Oct 2014
Her weight was 2lb 4 3/4 oz. Vanessa dropped me off at Tomas's and I walked home about 3 mile. Very windy , dry spell but it had been raining all day very wet under foot. Had around 10 long flights, the rabbits were getting there heads down and taking off at full speed. Eve managed to get two. I thought she had missed at first but she was crashing into the cover and hitting them about a meter in, Gave her a good feed as we walked home then manned her in the house to dry her out.
Rabbit 20 (Lamp 20 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Wed 22nd Oct 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 oz. Vanessa dropped me off at Tomas's and I walked home. Dry and slight wind. Had a couple of long flights then Eve caught 2 rabbits within 5mins so I fed Eve the back leg as we headed home.
Rabbit 22 (Lamp 22 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Fri 24th Oct 2014
Her weight was 2lb 51/2 oz. Went lamping with Phil and Chad. No wind at all very still night. Got to the farm and 4 young lads where ratting around the barns and jack Russell's were running about with rats in the mouths :) the farmer came out with a couple of friends and they where fascinated with the birds and stood and watched as we set off into the fields Eve chassed a couple but missed then she had a great flight turn the rabbit 3 times in the middle of the field and nailed it with a squeal as it got to the hedge. A massive cheer came from the farm yard, we didn't realise we had an audience. When I got there Eve had let go. We struggled to get another after that, we had about 20 good long flight but with there being no wind the rabbits just dodged Eve at the last moment. We managed to get one on the last field before we reached the car. As we got close to the car a badger was blocking our path, we walked towards it thinking it would run off. I realised I didn't have hold of Eve so I took the lamp off the badger and took hold of her jesses. When I put the lamp back on the badger was running at me and was now 2 meters from my ankles I jumped and screamed out and luckily it turned and ran off. I got the p--s taken out of me from Phil and Chad on the drive home lol
Rabbit 23 (Lamp 23 Day 0) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0)
Sun 26th Oct 2014
Her weight was 2lb 4 3/4oz. Went to Nixon's with V and Phil. Dry but windy. Put Eve on the spade, the Jill ferret down the hole and stood back. The ferret came out and to my horror Eve nailed it. I managed with Phil's help to get Eve off it but then the distressed ferret sunk its teeth into my finger and wouldn't let go, I screamed out as the ferret bit harder and harder. Finally after 2 mins it let go. I had to fly Eve off the glove and use a young hob after that. It bolted 3 rabbits and Eve caught them with ease after good long flights. She was in yarak and like a psychopath. I put Eve away after that and tried the 2 young Jill's we took with Phil's bird. It took them a while to bolt but they did manage to bolt a few and Phil's bird just missed 3 that it chased. The Jill was fine. My fault it happened, I should have kept hold of her for a couple of bolts just to remind her what the ferret is for
Rabbit 26 (Lamp 23 Day 3) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0) FERRET 1 :( Rabbits with ferrets 2
Wed 29th Oct 2014
Her weight was 2lb 41/4 oz. Vanessa dropped me off at Tomas's and I walked home. Very windy, lots of leaves blowing about. Didn't see many rabbits, Eve caught 2 then as she flew at a rabbit a woodcock got up right in front of her. It was more like a head on collision but Eve caught it.
Rabbit 28 (Lamp 25 Day 3) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0) Woodcock 1
Fri 31st Oct 2014
Her weight was 2lb 4 oz. Went to the bumpy road with phil, very strong winds. Eve caught 2 but we didn't see much, the cover is still very high. Went to Carform and gave Phil's HH a try. She had a few flights but the wind was a hindrance. The sky turned black as a storm approached so I got Eve out again and Phil and I split up. The 2nd flight Eve had she caught, I fed her up as we headed back to the car and it pour down
Rabbit 31 (Lamp 28 Day 3) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0) Woodcock 1
Sun 2nd Nov 2014 Scotland Stalking
Her weight was 2lb 5 oz. Got to the cottage in Scotland about 7 , went for a quick lamp after we had eaten. Still night no wind and almost a full moon. Had a couple of flights then caught one as it crossed the road and went into somebody's front garden
Rabbit 32 (Lamp 29 Day 3) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0) Woodcock 1
Mon 3rd Nov 2014 Scotland Stalking
Stalked all day, dry and still. We saw one in the morning but it was too far to shoot and two ran in front of the car as we drove through in the afternoon. A lot of work is going on in the forest with felling and laying a new road for a wind farm.
Her weight was 2lb 4 3/4 oz. Paul dropped me off at Sheila's with my lamp just before dark and I walked back to the cottage. Another bright night with no wind. Eve went for a hare but gave up when the hare turn to face her and stood up on its back legs, It was a big bugger. She then caught a woodcock in the marsh grass at the side of the pond. As we reached the lower fields I started to lamp. Eve had 6 long flights over 100 yards but with out success. Eve caught one on the field behind our cottage.
Rabbit 33 (Lamp 30 Day 3) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0) Woodcock 2
Tue 4th Nov 2014 Scotland Stalking
Stalked all day and didn't see a single thing, too quiet no wind at all.
Her weight was 2lb 5 oz. Paul dropped me off at Sheila's again as it was about to go dark. A slight wind. Eve caught a mallard in the marsh grass. As we reached behind the grave yard to lamp a full moon appeared. Eve fad a lot of flights and caught 3 rabbits, all good flights.
Rabbit 36 (Lamp 33 Day 3) Pheasant 0 (Cock 0 Hen 0) Woodcock 2 Mallard 1
Wed 5th Nov 2014 Scotland Stalking
No wind again and sunny. Got a roe deer as we came to the end of the morning stalk. Then in the afternoon we did a massive stalk up a ride with a stream running through it to cover our noise. We got to the end of the ride at last light and I spotted a roe out in the fields with my binoculars as Paul set up the tripod I steamed up my binoculars breathing on them and lost the roe. I then spotted 2 red hinds 200yards away and we shot them. Spent all night dragging the beast back down the ride we ended up cutting them in half and dragging the pieces 100 yards at a time we were glad for the clear sky and full moon. I drove home that night got in bed at 3am
Roe 1 Red 2
Thu 6th Nov 2014
Her weight was 2lb 4 3/4 oz. Cheshire falconry club Field meet at Arley Hall. Dry to start but windy, showers around dinner time. Eve was doing her usual trick of letting the other birds ambush the pheasants and then following the ones that escape to another wood 300 yards away. This happened 5 times the 4th time I found her on a cock pheasant. We then headed back to the cars for dinner. After dinner Eve completely switched off, I don't know if fatigue had kicked in because I have flown her hard all this week? Called it a day
Rabbit 36 (Lamp 33 Day 3) Pheasant 1 (Cock 1 Hen 0) Woodcock 2 Mallard 1
Sun 9th Nov 2014
Her weight was 2lb 4 1/2 oz. Went to Richards with Phil and Vanessa. Slight wind and dry. Got there and realised I had left the spade and ferret locators at home in my garage and had to drive back for them, 1hour 40mins round trip :( We worked 10 warrens flying Eve off the glove. At each one I dug at least 2 holes (6 at one warren) trying to get to a caught rabbit, when I broke through the rabbit and ferret had moved. We spent around 30 mins at each warren. The rabbits just wouldn't bolt, we dug up 2 all day and only bolted 3, two of them ran down the hedge and into another warren. The one that did bolt properly was caught by Eve after Phil's turned it. I got hold of Eve as Phil sorted out the rabbit and the dozy sod let it go :) It was one of those days!
Rabbit 36 (Lamp 33 Day 3) Pheasant 1 (Cock 1 Hen 0) Woodcock 2 Mallard 1 Rabbits with ferrets 4
getting ready for the 3rd dig of this warren
Sun 23 Nov 2014
Her weight was 2lb 4 1/2 oz. Went to Jim CC with Phil. No wind and dry. Only found one huge warren, We bolted 3 and Eve caught one the other two went down another hole. We then headed home and had a walk down the river. Both birds had a good go at a duck a couple of pheasants and a couple of rabbits but where unsuccessful as the brambles got in the way.
Sat 29th Nov 2014
Her weight was 2lb 4 1/2 oz. Want to Carform with Vanessa. Still night.
Caught one in the wood. Had hold of three more but didnít keep hold the rabbits dogged her at the last moment so Eve didnít get a good hold of them. Didnít feed her up
Rabbit 37 (Lamp 34 Day 3) Pheasant 1 (Cock 1 Hen 0) Woodcock 2 Mallard 1 Rabbits with ferrets 4
Sun 30th Nov 2014
Her weight was 2lb 4 3/4 oz. Want to bumpy road. Still night, clear moonlit sky and fog 3foot up from the floor. We got one but it was hard work, we were out for ages. Gave her a good feed from it
Rabbit 38 (Lamp 35 Day 3) Pheasant 1 (Cock 1 Hen 0) Woodcock 2 Mallard 1
Tue 2nd Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 4 1/2 oz. Heavy rain so Vanessa drove and I got out of the car and had a look on the fields. I just wanted a quick rabbit to give her a feed on. First one Eve saw she caught after a hundred yard flight. Gave her a reward and called it a night
Rabbit 39 (Lamp 36 Day 3) Pheasant 1 (Cock 1 Hen 0) Woodcock 2 Mallard 1
Wed 3rd Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5oz. Want to bumpy road. Got there and I hadnít put the lamp in :)
Went home for it then went to the golf course. The rabbits where in the rough at the sides of the course and disappeared as Eve got up to them. We managed to get one.
Rabbit 40 (Lamp 37 Day 3) Pheasant 1 (Cock 1 Hen 0) Woodcock 2 Mallard 1
Thu 4th Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5oz. Vanessa drove me around again as it is so still we are struggling to find any rabbits they are hearing us and disappearing before we get to them. It paid off and we got two. Gave Eve a full crop
Rabbit 42 (Lamp 39 Day 3) Pheasant 1 (Cock 1 Hen 0) Woodcock 2 Mallard 1
Sun 7th Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 4 3/4oz. Went to Gores ferreting with Phil and Vanessa. Windy with showers and hale all day. Philís bird caught the first one then Eve got the next 3. We caught everything that we bolted. Because of the weather we called it a day at 2pm after feeding the birds up.
Rabbit 45 (Lamp 39 Day 6) Pheasant 1 (Cock 1 Hen 0) Woodcock 2 Mallard 1
Tue 9th Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 4 1/2oz. Had the morning off so I had a quick walk around the river. Eve dropped on a woodcock as it took off and then as we reached the pond she caught a duck on the bank making its way back to the water Gave her the head and neck of each as a reward.
Rabbit 45 (Lamp 39 Day 6) Pheasant 1 (Cock 1 Hen 0) Woodcock 3 Mallard 2
Thu 11th Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 6oz. Went on a field meet with the Cheshire Hawking Club to Arley. Hale storms and showers all day. Eve just kept her self to herself and stayed away from the main group. Eve caught 3 pheasants, the 3rd she took in the air. Fed her up and I finished at 1pm
Rabbit 45 (Lamp 39 Day 6) Pheasant 4 (Cock 3 Hen 1) Woodcock 3 Mallard 2
Fri 12th Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 6oz. Went to Bolton Cricket club after dropping rabbits off at a friends. Pouring down. Saw 2 rabbit but didnít get a slip. I then saw 4 roe deer, I got 10 meters off them before they turned and walked off.
Rabbit 45 (Lamp 39 Day 6) Pheasant 4 (Cock 3 Hen 1) Woodcock 3 Mallard 2
Sun 14th Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5oz. Went to Hargreaves with Phil and Vanessa. Dry but very windy day. Eve nailed one of the farmerís chickens, He told me he had put them away. I managed to get Eve off it with Vís help. We went to the other side of the farm. I dug one up then the birds caught 2 each. It started to rain heavy at 1 so we fed the hawks up and headed home
Rabbit 47 (Lamp 39 Day 8) Pheasant 4 (Cock 3 Hen 1) Woodcock 3 Mallard 2 Chicken 1 opps Rabbits with ferrets 4
Wed 17th Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 1/2oz. Went to Carform lamping, very windy. Eve caught two and I though I will feed her up on the next one. I spent 1 Ĺ hour trying for the next one and finally gave up at midnight
Rabbit 49 (Lamp 41 Day 8) Pheasant 4 (Cock 3 Hen 1) Woodcock 3 Mallard 2
Thu 18th Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 1/4oz. Very heavy rain and windy. Went to Comet for a quick lamp to get one rabbit to give Eve a good feed to last her until Sunday. The fields were flooded and very boggy and I thought we wouldnít see any. We saw one running across the marsh part at the end of the field and Eve caught it after a good flight. Gave her a full crop from it.
Rabbit 50 (Lamp 42 Day 8) Pheasant 4 (Cock 3 Hen 1) Woodcock 3 Mallard 2
Sun 21st Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 4 3/4oz. Very windy. Went to Nixon's ferreting with Phil. Had a lot of flights but the wind caused a lot of problems for the birds. Eve managed to get 4, she had hold of another 2 but couldn't keep hold. Dug two up that the ferrets caught
Rabbit 54 (Lamp 42 Day 12) Pheasant 4 (Cock 3 Hen 1) Woodcock 3 Mallard 2 Ferrets 6
Wed 24th Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 oz. Had a lamp down to the river with Vanessa. Slight wind Eve caught one on first three fields we lamped. Fed her up on the 3rd as we headed back to the car.
Rabbit 57 (Lamp 45 Day 12) Pheasant 4 (Cock 3 Hen 1) Woodcock 3 Mallard 2
Sat 27th Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 1/4oz. Went ferreting to the Triangle with Vanessa. Frosty sunny morning with no wind. We did the two open warrens first and bolted two rabbits from each. Eve caught the first ones and as I did the trade off the 2nd rabbits bolted to safety. Then we did the hedgerow warrens. Apart from digging a rabbit up that the ferret had cornered we didn't see another rabbit for the rest of the day. The warrens must have been done the day before as there were fresh backfilled holes and we found a couple of left nets :(
Rabbit 59 (Lamp 45 Day 14) Pheasant 4 (Cock 3 Hen 1) Woodcock 3 Mallard 2 Ferrets 7
Mon 29th Dec 2014
Her weight was 2lb 5 1/2oz. Very windy. Went Ferreting to Richards with Phil. Not the easiest place for the birds to catch with double layer sheep wire fences either side of hawthorn hedges. The first one, Eve caught it in the middle of the field right in front of the farmer, he was checking his sheep :) Then as we ferreted a pheasant landed in the next field, a shoot had disturbed it. Eve took off and caught it near the pond. We bolted another 6 rabbits and dug 2 before Eve caught again. The rabbits wouldn't bolt out into the fields. Fed the birds up and called it a day.
Rabbit 61 (Lamp 42 Day 16) Pheasant 5 (Cock 4 Hen 1) Woodcock 3 Mallard 2 Ferrets 9
Thu 1st Jan 2015
Her weight was 2lb 5 oz. Went ferreting by myself to Gores. Calm cloudy day. Bolted 5 rabbits and missed 5. Eve was unlucky the warrens are on a steep wooded and bramble bank with a narrow shallow stream at the bottom. Too many obstacles! Called it a day at 1pm I felt like I was going to pass out, I've got a chest infection.
Rabbit 61 (Lamp 42 Day 16) Pheasant 5 (Cock 4 Hen 1) Woodcock 3 Mallard 2
Tue 6th Jan 2015
Her weight was 2lb 3oz. Still night. First time I've been out of bed properly for a week. Went to Comet for a quick lamp to get a rabbit to give Eve a good feed and a few flights . Her weights going a bit too low. Had a couple of chases before she caught one. She was really out of breath after each flight. Gave her a full crop from it.
Rabbit 62 (Lamp 43 Day 16) Pheasant 5 (Cock 4 Hen 1) Woodcock 3 Mallard 2