Dave recently took falconry lessons in Manchester at the British School of Falconry. The lesson was a Christmas present I gave him last year (he’s hard to buy for and I must admit, this was one of my better gifts).
During his beginner falconry lessons in Manchester, Dave learned how to handle, cast and recall a Harris hawk named Haggis. Wearing a yellow calfskin glove on his left hand, he walked around with Haggis on his fist before eventually casting her to a perch in the distance. A few minutes later, Dave called Haggis back by slowly raising his hand.
That was just the beginning. After Dave’s 45-minute lesson, he participated in a “hawk walk,” an hour-long guided hike in the Vermont woods where Haggis followed Dave from tree to tree. Occasionally, Haggis would return to Dave’s gloved fist for food.
What I thought would be a fun, offbeat holiday gift turned into a day we’ll always remember. Who knows? With Christmas right around the corner, maybe we’ll get to see Haggis again next year.