My vague notion of falconry was always of something done in large open fields, so this was news to me. I didn't know you mucked about in forests at all.
My own, rather less carnivorous birding, has been limited to a few species--we're getting Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, Carolina wrens, mourning doves and the occasional white-breasted nuthatch on the feeders, and that's about it. (If I put the finch sock back up, presumably there'd be goldfinches again, too.) All nice little birds--okay, the nuthatchs are kind've jerks--but those are absolutely the most common yard birds, and I haven't seen hide nor hair of anybody else. Not even any of the common woodpeckers, no warblers, who'd I expect to be migrating through about now (at least the pine and yellow-rumped varieties.) No house finches, either, although those may be a more urban species. I didn't expect to get pileated woodpeckers in the birdbath or anything, but I'm surprised at the relative paucity of species, all things considered.
I had sort of expected that such a rural area would be crazy with birds, but it occurs to me that maybe I have it backwards. A city is basically a desert, after all, so if you put out a feeder and a birdbath in the heart of the city, you've provided an oasis and birds flock to it in relief. Out here, they've got plentiful food sources and plenty of water. Maybe they have no need to visit my little feeder? Or perhaps I'm just being too impatient--maybe in a few more weeks, I'll be fighting the juncoes off with a stick. Hard to say, hard to say...
*Isn't there a convention in medieval falconry whereby all birds are referred to as female? Or am I confusing birds with boats again?