05052017 Red Tailed Hawk
Last Thursday evening (5/5/17), I noticed that a friend of mine had posted a picture on Facebook of what appeared to be a hawk. He was soaked! If you'll recall, we were in the midst of a 24-48 hour torrential downpour. One of the pictures I have attached is the picture he posted on Facebook. I initiated a conversation with him about the hawk, how he was found, his condition, etc. David told me that he had decided to take a walk in the woods behind his house. It was steadily raining at the time. He happened upon this hawk who was sitting on a branch that was on the ground. David said he grabbed another fallen branch and held it out to him, and the hawk got on it. He took him home with him and put him in his garage. He tells me that he blow dried his feathers with a hair dryer! I'm not sure how he managed to do this, but he did it! He left the hawk in the garage overnight and checked on him in the morning. He said the hawk looked much better, but he could not coax him out of the garage. David then sent me a message updating me on the condition of the hawk and to let me know that he could not get him out of the garage. He gave me his address and left for work.
I went out there. His home is in Defiance, OH. I took my husband, Bill, who is also a volunteer. When we arrived, the hawk was perched on a high shelf in the garage. (picture attached). He was perched on one leg and all puffed up. His body language told me that there was nothing seriously wrong with him. We approached and caught him. My husband and I both examined him and found him to be a juvenile red tailed hawk. He passed the examinations with flying colors.
We took him out the back door and released him. He flew high up into a stand of trees adjacent to the property. We observed him in that tree for a while, and then saw him fly back across the property until we lost sight of him. He was being pecked and followed by a couple of small birds, as they do. My theory is that he was not able to keep himself dry outside during that rain, and he seemed to appreciate a warm, dry place to rest.