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freightdawg BS: Good thoughts needed - injured hawk (32) RE: BS: Good thoughts needed - injured hawk 20 Feb 08

Many thanks for all the kind thoughts...and a little update.

I have some connections in the Alb. area that should be able to check in on my little patient, if he did in fact survive the transfer. I should know something in the next few days.

The reasoning behind Sorcha's comment was in the back of my mind, that's why originally I was just going to move the carcass so it would not be destroyed, then call the local Indian tribes.

BTW - this is Red Tailed hawk rescue #2 for me. The first was in OK, and had to do more with my own doing. While doing some flight instruction (in a small Cessna) I collided with a soaring Red Tail. I watched him spiral down, and when the lesson was over I went and found him. I called some of my buddies and received two variations to the same answer: I was stupid for trying to rescue a wounded hawk, and I was just as stupid for trying to involve them. So I grabbed a sheet and a cat carrier and went and got him by myself. Stupid is as Stupid does. He was not nearly as damaged as this most recent bird, and rehabilitated quite nicely in a wildlife rehab center near where we lived. So, based on that experience, I really was not so concerned with the legal angle, although I know I could not have kept him by myself. (I would almost give my right arm to be licensed to own a hawk or falcon....but then I would probably just let him or her go because I don't know I could keep one penned. I wouldn't mind keeping a wounded bird in an aviary, if the state would let me, though)

This hawk was just a pile of feathers when I first saw him. The wildlife officer was very appreciative of my effort, and in the conversation let me know that an owl was on his way to the vet clinic for the very same reason - the losing end of a smack down with a car. He told me that the hawks and owls gorge themselves on their prey, and even if they see the approaching cars they cannot get airborne as fast as they thought they could.

I don't think Hawkie was dining on road kill. The jackrabbit looked like it was nabbed by the hawk. It was a BIG rabbit for the hawk though...and it might have been road kill.

Once again, thanks for the kind words. I cannot express my emotions looking into the eyes of that raptor. Simply magical - the true meaning of the word...awesome.


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