Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Red-Tailed Hawks Coming In Starving

by Catherine Greenleaf

With springtime comes bees and flowers, but it also brings starving raptors. Eagles, Merlins, Sharp-shinneds, Broadwings, and of course, Red-Tailed hawks are coming back to the New England area after spending the winter down south. Usually by the time they return to New Hampshire they are well below standard weight, with some losing their flight capabilities due to reduced muscle along the keel.

The photo above shows the fifth Red-Tailed hawk that has come in this spring, this one found along the roadside in Lebanon, N.H.. Most of them are immatures, just getting ready to spend their first full year as an adult. The Red-Tail above just needed several weeks of rest and lots of fat, juicy mice before being released back to the wild.

If you see a hawk standing on the ground along the side of the road, chances are very good they are suffering from extreme emaciation, especially at this time of the year. Call me at 603-795-4850.

Copyright 2016

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