Owls, Hawks and a Community!
October proved to be a busier month for rehab than anticipated. The majority of our visitors came in with concussions from collisions with cars and windows. Four great horned owls, a burrowing owl and a saw whet owl were brought in to our care and amazingly, all were able to be released during October. This includes the burrowing owl that came in September with such a bad concussion that it was blind for a time, and the great horned owl that was hit by a car in September and came in with soft tissue damage to its wing. Both made full recoveries and were returned back into the wild.
Some of our other rescues were not so lucky. One cooper's hawk flew into a window, sustaining a concussion and breaking its back. It did not make it. Another cooper's hawk was found in New Harmony with a badly broken wing, requiring it to be euthanized. We also lost a house finch who was caught by a cat, a sharp-shinned hawk who came in with a concussion, and a juvenile male golden eagle that was struck by a car on Hwy 56 in Cedar City, breaking its wing and back, while feeding on roadkill.
A third cooper's hawk was brought in with only a mild concussion. It recovered quickly and was released. A Merlin falcon also came in with a concussion and was favoring a wing. It also recovered well and was released.
There are three birds that were brought into our rescue center that are still with us. One is the male kestrel falcon that has been with us for almost a year due to the broken feathers on one of its wings which has prevented it from being able to fly. He finally started molting and growing in new feathers, however, they do not seem to be holding well and he is still unable to fly. Our rehabilitators are evaluating him to determine if we want to apply for an educational permit for him while we wait to see if he can recover enough to be released. The second bird was a ring-neck dove who was hit by a car and lost some feathers. It recovered quickly and is doing well, however, due to it being an invasive species, we are unable to release it. Invasive species can cause serious issues for native animals and plants. We are currently working with it so that it can become an educational ambassador. Doves are very docile and would make an excellent animal ambassador for classroom visits. The third bird is an adult red-tailed hawk which was found in October with soft tissue damage to its right wing. It is recovering in our rehab facilities.