Local falconer finds lost bird

Published: Aug. 23, 2016 at 6:27 PM PDT
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UPDATE: KOLO viewers Chris and Rachel Stoner came across the lost falcon in a Spanish Springs park Wednesday morning. The bird is back home with Jamieson, reportedly not hurt.


ORIGINAL STORY: As many northern Nevadans know, hunting season is just around the corner. No one knows it better than one Panther Valley man who uses a unique tool to hunt birds. He has taken his hobby to the Nevada desert, and around the world. But now he is searching neighborhood streets.

Dave Jamieson says it all started when he was 12 years old. More than 50 years later, that fascination has led to a passion. A passion for falcons--their physiology, their intelligence, their hunting prowess, their reproduction

“Wow. I just always liked all kinds of wild creatures and there is just something about a falcon. Certain people just have an affinity for falcons. And I am one of them,” says Jamieson.

He's been in his home since the 1960s, and it didn't take long for the grounds to turn into a place for his falcons to thrive.

Gyr Falcons are his favorite. The males are about a third smaller than the females. During mating season the males show off to their mates.

Not by being flashy, but by showing they can be good providers.

With enough human contact and understanding they actually like people says Jamieson.

He breeds the birds for himself and for others who have caught the flight of fancy that dates back about five thousand years.

“It is not like having a shotgun, and you have a hunting season. You put the shotgun back in the closet. The falcon you have to spend lot of time with,” says Jamieson.

He is internationally recognized for his knowledge on the Gyr Falcons as well as the offspring his breeding stock produces.

But August 18, 2016, one of Jamieson's prized male falcons got out of his compound. The falcon looks like the picture on this web story.

Unlike homing pigeons, though, Jamison says falcons can become confused as to just where they are.

For those who see or come in contact with his falcon, they will notice the bird is friendly and non- aggressive, and may be looking for food.

He will have a federal ID badge on his leg.

Jamieson says don't attempt to contain him or feed him.

Contact Terri Russell in the newsroom, (775) 858-8880, and we'll put you in contact with the impressive bird's rightful owner.

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