This hawk arrived very young in mid-July. It is possible, this hawk is one of the last offspring of a 17 year old mother. Fully grown and healthy, Martin & Susan took the young hawk to the C-overlook to release 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.
We were joined by Dave Gourley of Findlay Subaru of St. George for the release of this Red Tail Hawk. Dave presented a check to Martin. It was a very large donation from all the funds they raised during their Subaru Share The Love Event. This year the check was for $12,444! THANK YOU Dave & Findlay Subaru & Subaru!
This video also includes a tour of our Wildlife Chambers and a visit in with all the current Wildlife Ambassadors and many of the birds currently in rehab including the white belly Bald Eagle, a Golden Eagle, a Peregrine Falcon, and two Red Tail Hawks.
We hope you will also enjoy a few excerpts from the road on the way up to the C-Overlook where the hawk was released.
:35 – 1:50 Getting our Subaru Forrester ready for the Red Tail Hawk
2:00 – 5:55 Tour of the Wildlife Chambers
5:55 – 13:00 Getting the Red Tail Hawk from her chamber
13:00 – 16:30 Drive up to C-Overlook
16:30 – 18:00 Dave presents check to Martin
18:00 – 22:00 Martin takes the Red Tail out for release
22:00 – Red Tail Hawk Released Back to the Wild!
Martin and Susan release a Red Tail Hawk back into the wild where she belongs! Martin did not think this hawk would make it. The hawk had damage to the wing tip and options were limited. Martin treated the hawk as best he could even though doubtful of recovery. The hawk defied the odds, began flying well in the chamber, and was very strong when released back into the wild.
From September of 2019. Some excerpts from Susan & Martin’s trip up Wyoming. Belle went along and their family went out hunting with her. The second part includes Gayle Bass of TV show Right This Minute. She came up from Phoenix to visit with Susan, Martin and the critters for a day. Gayle is a huge support not only of SWF, but MANY wonderful charities. Our thanks to Gayle and Right This Minute for including us on their show! Links to their vids below:
A Red Tail Hawk arrived on March 22nd. Martin examined the Hawk, then put him in a chamber. This is a third Red Tail Hawk currently at our center. Martin also gives a tour of others out in the chambers, including long time guests and our Wildlife Ambassadors.
Part one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyUwobtuOHY