Hawkeye came to Soarin’Hawk along with many other displaced babies in June of 2012. A huge storm, called a derecho, hit northern Indiana knocking down a large number of trees and power lines. As a result of this storm, Soarin’Hawk picked up a record number of immature raptors that were not ready to be on their own. Hawkeye came to us from Aboite Animal Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was almost completely down covered when he arrived. At first we thought he was a Coopers hawk, by far the most common medium hawk that we take in. As he grew he was correctly identified as a Broad-winged Hawk. And, unfortunately, as he grew it also became evident that his left eye stopped developing. The left eye is smaller than the right and he is blind in his left eye. He was added to our education permit in the fall of 2012. His calm personality is a welcome addition to our live education birds.We do not know if Hawkeye is a male or female.
Broad-winged Hawks are listed as a “species of concern” in Indiana. This means “Any animal species requiring monitoring because of known/suspected limited abundance or distribution or because of a recent change in legal status or required habitat.” Soarin’Hawk does not typically receive even one Broad-winged Hawk a year. We are very fortunate to have a Broad-winged Hawk for an education bird.