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Two red-tailed hawks who came into VINS Wildlife Services department as fledglings were released August 10. A longtime supporter of VINS had the honor of having both raptors released on his property in Bradford, VT.
The other hawk was found in the yard of a woman who knew red-tailed hawks nested on her property. She found one of the babies on the ground, laying still and covered in flies. Although the bird — based on size — was likely close to fledging, the bird was found to be emaciated upon examination. The flies, we discovered, were coming from maggots that had burrowed into the hawk’s ears. We were able to successfully remove the maggots from the bird’s ears while he was under anesthesia.
What a cute little red-tailed hawk!
i found an adult red tail in highway. My third found raptor in 5 years…..seems to be getting stronger. Ate a bite of venison and a few drops of water. Deficated. Had two flys on its body but I see no other infestation/ myiasis. Main issue wh worries me for release is that one eye is closed???Opens manually and pupil responds / no redness etc???? any ideas. Also found in highway with no apparent broken bones which is my third. I used to think hit by car but now euepect some other encephalopathy etc????
any ideas on eye lid???
If does not open I cannot imagine survival probable??
Dear John Doe. Thank you for caring for this bird, but please be sure this hawk gets to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator ASAP (or at least a veterinarian who can keep it temporarily and look at its eye). I have to mention that is it illegal to keep any wild bird, as per the Migratory Bird Act.
The eye may need special treatment — it could be any number of things. It could be swollen/bruised due to head trauma, causing the bird to have trouble opening the lid. There could be an abrasion to the surface. It could be internal damage that the human eye cannot see from the surface, but a rehabilitator with special equipment could see and diagnose.
Please don't release that hawk back into the wild with one eye closed — hawks need both eyes to be able to hunt and navigate during flight. The eye may be able to heal quickly with the proper treatment from a rehabilitator, but the more time that goes by, the less chance this bird has for survival.
Again, thank you for caring about the life of this hawk, but please see that it gets to a rehabilitator. If you don't have a wild bird rehabber in your area, don't depsair — many rehabbers of different species network, so your local squirrel rehabber may be able to get this hawk to a raptor rehabilitator. If you need help finding a rehabber in your area, please call us at (802) 359-5001, ext. 212 — we'd be glad to help! Or go to http://www.nwrawildlife.org/page.asp?ID=214 to locate a rehabber in your area.
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