03142020-Red Tail Hawk-1
On March 14th, Soarin' Hawk received a phone call from a concerned citizen who saw a Red-Tailed hawk in the median of 69, north of Union Chapel Rd. She said that she saw it sitting there on March 13th, so he had been there for two days. When Wayne and I approached him, he did not try to fly away and he allowed Wayne to get a net over him.
He did not struggle when I picked him up and put him in a carrier. He was quiet, but alert. When we got him to ICU, I checked him out and did not find any obvious injuries. His keel was a healthy three. I checked eyes, wings, legs, feet, mouth, and back and did not see any injuries. We put him in a cage in the ICU to wait further assessment from the ICU volunteer on duty later in the afternoon. The bird was standing on his feet and was quiet when we left him.
That evening, I called the ICU, and the volunteers on duty did not find any obvious injuries either. He will get radiographs on Monday.and an exam by our veterinarian
03/14/2020 The initial exam showed a possible vision issue in one eye. This bird is very lethargic. It was treated with medication for possible pain and given subcutaneous fluids for possible dehydration
03/22/2020 This bird currently has very little vision , if any in its right eye. It is still receiving treatment
03/29/2020 This Hawk's vision is slowly improving. It has been moved to our rehabilitation pens
04/05/2020 Creance training has started for this hawk. Creance training is when a bird is tethered to device that allows it to fly in a controlled environment. We can monitor its improvements . This will allow us to determine if this bird can be released