09172017 Red-tailed hawk - 2
Volunteer Garry found this hawk in Claypool, IN, after receiving a call from a local resident named Natalie. She relayed that the hawk had been in the same location for an extended period of time and would not flee when approached. The bird did not have any notable injuries - no blood on its feathers, and no damage to its wings or talons - though it did seem slightly lethargic. It was transported to volunteer Barb for further assessment.
Initial exam: Radiographs did not reveal any fractures. Blood work revealed a mildly elevated white blood cell count and a very mild anemia. It was treated for its flat flies and lice with ivermectin and with a poultry powder. It was given subcutaneous fluids and tube fed. This is a juvenile red-tail that was perhaps separated from its parents before it had learned to survive on its own.
Although slow to gain weight, he is at a good weight and has been moved from an ICU cage to a flight pen with several other red-tailed hawks.. He will be given more time to mature before being flight conditioned for release.
He is doing great. A popping noise was heard while the bird was being restrained. Kat discussed this with Pat and they came to the conclusion it was the way the bird was being restrained that was causing the noise. We are hoping to transfer this bird to a falconer very soon.