Hawk in Distress   2 comments

Yesterday, a boarder came to tell us that there was an injured hawk down on the road to the tunnel.  When I went down there to look, this is what I found.


At first, I thought it was paralyzed, but it became apparent that it was in shock, but able to move.  Its problem was that its tail was almost entirely missing — only a little stub left of what should have been a long, elegant tail.

I wasn’t sure what to do.  We haven’t had a lot of success with getting help for injured birds at local facilities — especially on a weekend.  I was puzzling over it when two boarders offered to help.  I had called friends Andy and Sasha, who work with Panorama Vista Preserve, but it seemed better to let the bird be loaded up and taken to CALM — the California Living Museum; our local zoo.  It specializes in Kern County wildlife.

While trying to find out what kind of hawk this was, I found that it looked more like a falcon than a hawk.  We have many hawks, but not many falcons around here — not counting the little kestrels, or sparrowhawks.  This bird, though, seemed to have some of the marks of a falcon — the dark eyes, for example, and mustache markings on the face.  I’m not enough of an expert to be sure one way or the other.

One thing was sure; it was not in good shape.  I hope it can survive.  When I find out its final fate, I’ll post it here.



Posted August 10, 2015 by stablewoman in Uncategorized

2 responses to “Hawk in Distress

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  1. I’m glad you were able to get the bird some help. Since the raptor center closed at CSUB it’s getting harder and harder to assist injured wildlife.

  2. I’m pretty sure it is an Immature Swainson’s Hawk. I hope they were able to rescue it.

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