Over on this side of the lawn, a menacing-looking female Auger buzzard perched on the gloved hand of Marsha Flamm, director of the Raptor House Rehabilitation Center in East Selah, which had provided most of the hawks, owls, kestrels and falcons for last Saturday's Kestrel Festival.
All day, Flamm
had made sure that curious onlookers at the festival -- in its ninth year at the Prosser winery named after one of the region's most colorful raptors -- had kept a respectful distance from two particular raptors, a great horned owl and this female Auger buzzard.Even tied by a tether to its perch, either might attack anything or anyone that got too close.Just a few weeks earlier, in fact, the female Auger had killed her
wanted to get on the nest," Flamm
said, "and he
wouldn't move -- he
was still working on the nest.
The pygmy owl came to Flamm
in bad shape.The little male had been found under a car near the Naches post office, its beak and one wing broken.Seibert, who helps Flamm
determine which raptors might survive a rehabilitative effort, thinks it probably bounced off the windshield of a moving car.
And you can't," Flamm