Jimmy is our neighbour for summer, he is a master falconer. He
sleeps in a caravan with 2 dogs called Sam and Heather. He has 6 birds of prey,
their names are Wally, Pella, Cactus Jack, Corky and Suguaro, he also has 1
more but it doesn’t have a name, Me and Heidi are helping Jimmy try to think of
Jimmy was 17 when he
was interested in falcons and hawks so he got out some library books about
them, then he found an injured falcon which he nursed to health. He got lots
more and trained them in bird abatement, this means he flies them around the
farm to keep robins, starlings and finches away from the raspberries and
blueberries. Jimmy is very helpful to
He is from California
and spends 10 out of 12 months traveling around the western states, to
different crops as they ripen – cherries, grapes, berries, and also at rubbish
tips and airfields to scare birds. Jimmy
only gets about 5 hours sleep each night, he takes his birds out at dusk and
dawn – these are the critical times for bird scaring.
He has brown skin, his caravan has an American flag on it,
it also has a grey flag that has a falcon on it.
His birds are harris hawks, peregrine falcons and saker
falcons. They wear special hoods on their heads and have bells on their feet.
They are trained to come to him when he whistles.
They do not hunt and eat the small birds, only scare them
away from the orchards and farms. This is a very environmental way to keep
pests away from the crops.