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Oh, what one will do when in love. We’ll make fools of ourselves trying to win over our sweetie. We’ll lose sleep and our appetites when we’re in love. We’ll follow our love to the ends of the earth. As the song goes, when it comes to love: there “ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough.”
Based on the apparent weight loss the two endured, it’s likely they were caught in the pipe for days. They were both moderately dehydrated, and were completely covered in soot. We slowly began hydrating the birds, eventually moving them onto solid food.
That’s really interesting–a few weeks ago we received a similar call from a man in Dorset who had two hawks fall into his chimney. Luckily a neighbor, who’s a naturalist, was able to safely release the birds shortly after they fell into the chimney.
Now two hawks in a chimney is very strange! I wonder what they were doing in there, since they aren’t cavity nesters. Did you find out what kind of hawks there were? Maybe they followed a smaller bird, like a chimney swift, down into the chimney? Very interesting.
They probably were kestrels, but he identified them as a type of hawk–I can’t remember exactly what he determined them to be–…that would be much more logical though. Are there any hawks that resemble the kestrel, specifically in size? Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to identify them : (
I don’t know of any hawks on our region that would resemble a kestrel in size. Broad wings can be on the smaller size, but still larger than a kestrel. And 2 broad winged hawks in a chimney would be very odd. A northern flicker could be mistaken for a kestrel, I guess.
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