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.