A young Golden Eagle that arrived back in June is released back to the wild!
After a month an half stay, a healthy Ferruginous Hawk was released back into the wild and then released back into the wild and then released back into the wild.
This Hawk had been stuck in a barbed wire fence, a barb caught deeply in her wing. She was found hanging from the fence. When she arrived, her wing drooped. Signs of the damage can still be seen, however, she healed up well and is flying good.
Martin also included some discussion about the differences between a Harris Hawk and a Ferruginous Hawk.
This hawk arrived in November of last year. The hawk had damage to primary feathers of one wing and was also missing 10 of 12 tail feathers. Someone ripped them out.
The hawk stayed with us for eight months until the feathers grew back.
00:00 – 01:45 November: Introduction about the damage done to the Red Tailed Hawk
01:45 – 05:00 January: Update: tail feather growth and blood feathers
05:00 – 06:04 March: Update about feather growth
06:04 – 12:23 July: Update about feather condition and discussion about “Imping” – the process of replacing feathers rather than waiting to let them grow in naturally.
12:23 – 18:13 The Release of this Red Tailed Hawk
🔹First video about this Hawk 🔹
Raptors Need Their Tail Feathers
December 17th, 2019
Scheduled for Sunday Aug 2, 10am (Utah time)
Falconry season begins September 1st. Martin will discuss how he and Belle work together to prepare for the new hunting season.
On July 8th, Martin was called out to a public city park in Cedar City. He went expecting to find Kestrel Falcons that sometimes nest there. However, on arrival, he found a young Cooper’s Hawk, also known as “the hawk everyone loves to hate”. The Cooper’s Hawk is a small and aggressive hawk. They hunt mostly small birds.
This young hawk had left the nest, which is normal, but unfortunately, all around the nest was a busy city park full of people and dogs and all kind of threats to this young bird. Because of this, Martin took the young hawk back to the rescue center.
On July 13th, Martin was called out to the park again. This time for a second Cooper’s Hawk from the same nest. Both birds were kept in a chamber together.
On July 26th, when both hawks were old enough and feeding themselves, Martin released them safely out of town in an environment well suited for the young hawks. These hawks will have the same chances as any others despite being separated from their parents. They live mostly as solitary hunters until they are old enough to mate.
00:35 – #1: Ferruginous Hawk
02:56 – #2: Peregrine Falcon
04:07 – #3: Scout the Golden Eagle Wildlife Ambassador
– Please learn more about Scout & Martin in this playlist
04:38 – Please help Scout become the first Golden Eagle to receive a YouTube Silver Creator Award!
05:58 – #4: Baby Golden Eagle
– Video “Baby Eagle Found Alone and Hungry”
06:44 – #5: White Belly Bald Eagle
– Video “Rescued Rare White Belly Bald Eagle”
07:11 – #6: Helen the Peregrine Falcon Wildlife Ambassador
– Please learn more about Helen in this playlist
08:18 – #7: Belle the Harris Hawk Wildlife Ambassador
– Please learn more about Belle in these playlists:
— Playlist 1
— Playlist 2
09:40 – #8 & #9: Young sibling Cooper’s Hawks
– Video about these Cooper’s Hawk coming soon!
11:02 – #10: Red Tailed Hawk
– Video about this hawk “Raptors Need Their Tail Feathers”
12:07 – #11: Baby Swainsons Hawk
– Video about this Baby Swainsons Hawk coming soon!
14:02 – Update on the little birds
– Videos about the recent little birds:
— Little Birds Big Ruckus!
— Little Birds move outside
– Video about little birds and hummingbirds coming soon!
15:00 – Three ways you can help us help critters!
– Buy Martin’s book, Healer of Angels
– Visit our Charity Wishlist at Amazon
– Call Rodent Pro to send us a gift certificate
00:40 Definition of “imping”
01:10 Flight Feathers
02:00 Why Martin does not “replace” feathers very often
02:20 Deck Feather from Belle the Harris Hawk
02:40 The importance of properly matching each feather.
03:40 Feather collection & imping process ONLY by Rehabber, Falconer or other licensed individuals.
04:10 Deciding if imping is needed
04:55 Process of replacing of feather
09:30 Drawbacks to imping
11:00 Showing how the bird is handled for the process: “casting”. * Warning: a recently deceased hawk is used for this example, skip to 14:00 *
14:00 Limitations on number of feathers replaced
17:00 Question: Does the bird feel the process?
18:00 Question: Have you experimented with other materials?
19:10 Question: Can they still preen that feather afterwards?
22:00 GPS tracking system for Falconry birds
25:35 Question: Does imping interfere at all with natural molting?
29:30 Question: Can a bird with an imped feather go back into the wild?
32:55 More about the memory of a very special Swainson’s Hawk
36:30 About banding Rehab birds
37:50 Question: Can hawk be preserved for educational usage?
40:00 Question: How do you preserve the feathers until you need them?
40:40 Question: Can removed feathers be damaged beyond repair?
42:00 Question: How are Scout, Belle & Helen doing?
44:30 Introducing the Mystery Guest
46:30 Feeding the Mystery Guest
48:48 Why we do not name Rehab birds
50:10 Question: Are there any birds you give plaques to?
52:50 Question: How will the little hawk learn how to hunt for food without mom and dad?
56:30 How you can help: book, Amazon Wishlist & Rodent Pro
On June 29th a young Barn Owl arrived at the rescue center. The young one was skinny and lethargic.
After a first quick meal, the owl was put in a rehab chamber to begin gaining strength. This owl recovered well while mostly left alone.
Disturbed briefly on July 8th, the owl was moved to a bigger chamber to allow room for a new Cooper’s Hawk. The owl was very lively, and near ready for release.
On July 11th, this very feisty and vocal Barn Owl was released back to the wild where he belongs.
We enjoyed an online conversation with Gayle recently.
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