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Another Renesting!

On 5/7, Soarin' Hawk received a call about a baby Barred owl on a porch in a suburban neighborhood.  We went over to the house and saw the owl on the porch, looking scared, and found that the nest had two more siblings that were sitting on a branch outside of the nest, about 20 feet up.Wayne put his ladder against the tree and tried to re-nest the bird.  Twice, he tried to put it back in the nest, and it kept jumping out.  The owner of the property brought out a basket, and Wayne tied it to a branch right by the nest, put a towel in the basket, and put the owl in the basket.  While he was doing all of this, both parents of the baby were observing on a branch in a nearby  tree.  A couple of times, one of the parents flew very close to Wayne while he was up by the nest.

A couple of days went by, and the owner of the property called Wayne and said that the owl was out of the tree again and on a porch.  Normally, we would leave the owl and let the parents take care of it,… more

Re-nesting Takes a Village

Sometimes Soarin’ Hawk has rescues but the bird doesn’t  need to stay at our facility…… can you guess why?  Its because the bird gets renested!  Yes, baby season has arrived.  We’ve had several renestings in the past week.  Here’s one, and we will share the other later this week!

With this rescue, we would like to thank the finders of these young owlets and also Eli Romary, professional tree climber, who renested the owls.  SH volunteer, Kim had this to say about the rescue:

These two screech owlets  were picked up within 24 hrs of each other, one in Auburn and one in Laotto. Both had somehow escaped or fallen from their nest. The owlet from Laotto was found in a pole barn with no nest in sight. Our owlet from Auburn was found perching on a log about 3’ off the ground near the nest. The residents were trying to figure out a way to get up to the nest, however with Momma Owl diving at them and darkness upon them, it was not possible. 

Both owlets taken into SH… more

Trapped Coop Set Free

On December 28, 2021, the rescue line got a call from a foreman at the new Electric Works in Fort Wayne. A Cooper's Hawk had gotten into the building and couldn't get out. The bird was on the 5th floor, and the crew had already installed the windows on that floor, so they knew he probably would not find his way out without help. Volunteer Jeannie Smythe went to see if she could help. Jeannie slowly followed the bird back and forth up and down the hall in the  building until he got tired. Then she was able to capture him. A quick exam revealed no apparent injuries, so Jeannie and the workers took the bird to a nearby park and set him free. 

Young Eagle Goes Home

When this young eagle came to us, we didn't think he would survive. But he's a fighter, and after less than a month he was ready to go back to the wild.

08152021-RED TAILED HAWK-1-X

I recieved a call for a bird rescue. In Dekalb County.  Address was alongside county road 42, 1/2 mile south of county road 40 in Dekalb county. Upon arrival at location the Red Tail was very docile and extremely easy to handle. It had flies all over it. Was extremely under nourished but seemed to have no visible injuries. Transported Red Tail to ICU In Huntertown Indiana for evaluation.  

Hawk was euthanized on 08162021 due to several emaciation and maggot infestation.

This is Why

Young Barred Goes Home

On May 20th, 2021, the Soarin' Hawk call taker was notified of a fledgling owl, on the ground. Lana & I drove to 400 N. Angola and met Jim and his children. The children had found the owl on the ground near C.R. N. 425 W. Steuben county. Upon our arrival, a Barred Owl was confined and an exam revealed a narrow keel, as if the bird was not eating well. The owl was transported to the Soarin' Hawk facilities where a further detailed examination was performed. No health issues were found and I picked the owl up on May 22nd, transporting it back to the location recovered. Jim, and his children were not able to locate a nest cavity, but had observed the adults in the area. We moved further back from the road and placed the owl on a tree, where it promptly climbed about forty feet up. I feel confident the parent owls will locate the fledgling. The children also made a promise to check the area, without disturbing the owl.