Red Tailed Hawk Rescue #08132018

Story via Volunteer Mary Koher: It was a busy Monday for the Soarin’ Hawk rescue line and Bob called to see if I was available to pick up a hawk. I arrived at the location and after talking with the homeowners they indicated that this hawk had been seen in various locations on their property since Saturday the 11 th . They thought it looked like it was having issues with the left leg. When we walked to the back of the house, there it was just sitting on their back porch. It was alert but quiet and I was able to easily get my rescue net over him. With the assistance of the homeowner were we...Read more
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Red Tailed Hawk Rescue #08052018

Story via Volunteer Mary Koher: I was out and about this afternoon when Bob called me asking if I could get another bird. This one was sitting against the barrier wall between the east and westbound traffic on the I69 / HWY 14 overpass; it was in the westbound lane. Knowing that area I was a bit concerned for my safety in trying to retrieve the bird as that is a very high traffic area and if it were still on the overpass there is really no safe place in which to pull over. I asked Bob if he could call the Fort Wayne police department to see if they could send an officer to assist with traffic...Read more

Great Horned Owl Rescue #08052018

Story via Volunteer Mary Koher: We received a call from a homeowner indicating that a large owl was down on the ground under a shade tree on her property. The owl had been there since approximately 11:00pm on August 4 th . This was in another county south of Fort Wayne so I gathered the necessary information and headed out for my 40 minute drive. I arrived to find a very lethargic, with eyes closed, Great Horned Owl who was sitting, but back on its haunches, under a tree which was very close to the road. I was able to approach it easily which told me something was wrong as Great Horn’s can be...Read more

Red Tailed Hawk Rescue #07292018

Story via Volunteer Mary Koher: I was out and about when I received a call from Bob stating that a lady had just picked up a hawk on Hillegas Road and he wondered if I could meet up with her. I met her in the parking lot of the Three Rivers Wesleyan Church which is just down the way from where she found the bird standing off to the side of the road. She indicated to me that she thought it was a juvenile as there was another hawk soaring in the air above screaming at her! She did not have any gloves and unfortunately was taloned while rescuing it. She didn’t have a box so she just put the bird...Read more

Red Tailed Hawk Rescue #07232018

Via Volunteer Mary Koher: Our rescue coordinator received a call early this afternoon from a lady stating that she observed a hawk on the ground on Ardmore Avenue in the southwest part of the city. There is a walking path that runs alongside the road and as she was walking on this path, she noticed a large hawk standing right next to a fire hydrant. She got to within 10 feet of it and it didn’t move and didn’t seem to be acting normally. I arrived on the scene approximately 20 minutes after receiving the call from Bob and sure enough, it was still standing next to the hydrant! I parked on a...Read more

Red Tailed Hawk Rescue #07192018

Via Volunteer Mary Koher: It has been a busy time for Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control in picking up raptors for us. We got a call today where they found this juvenile red tail hawk just standing in someone’s back yard in the northeast part of the city. I picked up the hawk from their facility and transported it to Dr. Funnell at our ICU. The eyes were reactive and the wings, legs and talons all appeared normal. It was very thin, however, so it must have been down on the ground for some time. It was given subcutaneous fluids and was tube fed carnivore care, which is a liquid food supplement...Read more

Cooper's Hawk Rescue #07182018

Via Volunteer Mary Koher: I received a call from the rescue coordinator stating that the Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control had picked up a hawk and had it at their facility. I arrived to find a juvenile Coopers hawk in a pet carrier. With their assistance, I was able to remove it and place it in a rescue box and then headed up north to deliver it to Dr. Funnell at the Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic. The bird was quiet but very alert. Coopers are never quiet so we knew something was wrong with it. It had a very good keel score so it hadn’t been down very long. Both eyes were reactive and the...Read more

Red Tailed Hawk Rescue #07172018

Via Volunteer Louie Lee: On July 17, 2018, Jeffe was driving home from a fishing trip with his children. Near the intersection of CR 425 W. and 50 N., they found an adult Red-tailed Hawk, feeding on road kill. The hawk refused to fly and its right wing appeared to droop. Jeffe easily contained the bird and took it home, where I met him. I could not find obvious injuries. The keel was thin probably a 1-2. It was alert and aware of its surroundings. I explained what we do to the five or six children that were very interested in our group, the oldest being about eight. I also identified a Flat...Read more

Cooper's Hawk Rescue #07162018

Via Voluneer Mary Koher: The rescue coordinator called me to see if I could meet someone at the Menards on US27 south in Fort Wayne. They were transporting a bird from the Portland Veterinary Clinic in Portland, IN. I met Jasmine at Menards and she had a juvenile Coopers Hawk in a box. He was found at the Paradise Point campground located between Redkey and Portland, IN. I further transported the bird to our ICU where he was found to be very thin and had flat flies which were removed. He was powdered with poultry powder to take care of any that might have been missed. His eyes, wings, talons...Read more

Red Tailed Hawk Rescue #07062018

Via volunteer Beau: I received a call around 6:20 p.m. Thursday July 5, that a red-tailed hawk had been sitting under a tree at a local business all afternoon, in the same spot, appearing never to have moved. I arrived at 6:40 p.m. to see the bird quietly sitting under a tree. I grabbed a small sheet out of the carrier, slowly I walked towards the bird. The bird moved approximately 2 feet in front of me and stopped; at that point I was able to drape the sheet over his back, take hold of him, and place him in the carrier. He remained calm during the ride to ICU. Immediately I took him to the...Read more

American Kestrel Rescue #07042018

An initial exam by our avian veterinarian: This immature female American Kestrel was very feisty on presentation. We know it is immature because she still had some down feathers left and her tail feathers were not all the way in. Since she was found in the middle of the road, she was probably hit by a car. Overall she was in excellent condition. Radiographs revealed a fractured right radius and ulna. She will need to have a pin put in each bone to stabilize it while it heals. Unfortunately her prognosis for return to the wild is poor. With the radius and ulna broken in the same place, the...Read more

Cooper's Hawk Rescue #07022018

This immature Cooper's Hawk was found running on the ground. It is not old enough to fly, but is what we call a brancher. Its wing and tail feathers are half-way in. At this time it would venture out of the nest, sit on a branch and practice flapping its wings. It probably fell off the branch as it exercised. We always prefer parents to raise the young. But no parents could be found, so we kept the baby. He will be raised with as little human contact as possible to keep him from being acclimated to humans (he is too old to be actually imprinted on humans). Thanks to Jacob, a Conservation...Read more

American Kestrel Rescue #06192018

Story via Volunteer Mary Koher: I received a call this afternoon from our rescue coordinator indicating that the Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control had picked up a falcon. When I arrived they indeed had a falcon, the littlest one, a male American kestrel. It was alert but quiet and I had no problem in removing it from their cage and placing it into my rescue box. A concerned citizen had brought the youngster to the officer’s home and left it with them. Communication was difficult; however, as they were a non English speaking individual so we don’t exactly know where the bird came from. I...Read more

Barred Owl Rescue #06102018

Story via Volunteer Lisa Yates : Hi everyone!! My name is “FRITZ” and I am a Barred Owl. I had a little accident I would like to tell you about. I live on Till Road in a very wooded area. Several of my family live around me as well. I went for a little grocery shopping on Sunday and unfortunately I went after a frog and this truck hit me as I went to grab the frog. WOW!! What a ride I took. I do not remember much except for the landing in the weeds. They were soft but very wet from the rain. Next thing I remember was waking up and hearing cars and trucks zooming by me on Fritz Road. I could...Read more

Red Tailed Hawk Rescue #06072018

Story via Volunteer Louie Lee : This morning the Soarin' Hawk call taker informed Lana and I of a juvenile hawk, being harassed by song birds and on the ground. Upon our arrival at 923 Cardinal Ct. in Auburn, we were taken to a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk in a spruce tree about two feet off the ground. The bird was aware of it's surroundings and appeared alert. After an observation period the hawk was captured easily. During the initial exam we found the keel to be very narrow (1). Possible fly eggs were noted in the mouth. No other health issues were discovered. The bird was taken to Dr. Funnel...Read more