Red Tailed Hawk Released at Summer Star

On Friday, December 4th, a fully rehabilitated Red Tailed Hawk was released at Summer Star. The bird, which had suffered a broken wing, was operated on and rehabilitated at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton, MA.

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X-ray of the Red Tailed Hawk, courtesy of Dr. Mark Pokras. Note the broken humerus.

While the veterinarians are not sure exactly what caused this hawk’s injury, Red Tails often fall victim to car strikes. Red Tails frequently perch next to highways while hunting for small rodents, or even scavenging roadkill. This sort of behavior only increases during the winter months when snow cover makes hunting in other areas more difficult. The more aware you are of these hawks, the more these car strikes can be avoided.

The first year bird, likely a female given its large size, wasted no time in testing out its wings. Watch two videos of the release below. The first video was recorded by Steve Siroonian and the second by Kärin Radock of The Banner.

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