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Helping an Injured Hawk

Posted on January 2nd, 2011 by Around The River


 
In the late afternoon of December 16, 2010, we were surprised to discover a large bird, with wings spread, standing on our hillside. After the initial shock wore off, we knew we had to act. Tom phoned Arizona Fish & Game who replied, “It must be someone’s pet”. Not the answer we were searching for, we pressed on.
 
Google taught us this was a Ferruginous Hawk, and that there was a Wildlife Rehabilitator in our area. We dialed the number, but the person on the other end knew nothing about rehab. We phoned our vet who informed us he was unable to assist wildlife.
 
Desperate, we phoned AZ Fish & Game again, describing the hawk by name, and asking for a solution. Within five minutes we received a call from Kenny Wilkins. He arranged to pick up the hawk the following morning.
 

 
Tom, wearing sturdy gloves, gingerly lifted the hawk, carried it to our garage, and placed it in a large, empty box. We gave it water in a shallow bowl, and draped a fishing net over the box so the hawk couldn’t escape.
 

 
As promised, Kenny arrived at sunrise the next day. He placed the hawk in a pet carrier, and queried Tom about our hawk discovery.
 
Kenny’s mission was to deliver the hawk to the Cerbat Rehab Center for x-rays and rehydration. According to Kenny, “After rehabilitation, 8 out of 10 times they call the ranger who brought the hawk in to release it back where it was found.”
 
Whether the hawk is returned to our neighborhood or released elsewhere, our wish is for it to be healthy. If you come across injured wildlife, call your local Fish & Game Dept.
 
To view Kenny’s stunning photography of nature, visit KennyWilkins.com.

6 Responses to "Helping an Injured Hawk"

  1. Wow, what a beautiful creature and story! I know your family are huge animal lovers so I find it fitting that this bird was injured in your neck of the woods and you all were the ones to stumble upon it and rescue it. Your persistence paid off.
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    Around The River Reply:

    Thank you, Sherri! Tom had watched the hawk for a few days, preying on dove. This was before it was hurt, and was still flying around majestically. I’m glad we were able to get it into good hands, and will know what to do if there is ever a next time.

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  2. What a great thing to be able to help this hawk and get it to safety! Kenny’s photography is amazing. You can tell he loves nature. I’m super happy that this story has a happy ending!

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    Around The River Reply:

    We are too! Thanks, Sunny.

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  3. That is a Red tailed Hawk not a Ferruginous Hawk

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    Around The River Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by Kelly. It isn’t a Red Tailed Hawk though. We received the description from the Wildlife Rehabilitator who is a local Ranger. He takes stunning photography. Check him out at http://kennywilkins.zenfolio.com/

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