Sunday, December 1, 2013

Another Northern visitor

The second injured Rough-legged Hawk came down within a few hundred feet of the first one received at IBR this season. His name is TUNDRA and he's a baby of this year, probably about 6-7 months old. He made the long, difficult migration from above the Arctic Circle only to come across something he's never seen, a vehicle on the road.

At this point his feet, legs and wings work but he can't stand. He's being propped up by a folded towel for now. And, as you might be able to see, the tip of his upper beak is missing. It appears as if he hit the road and it was abraded off. Because he can't stand, and can't tear his food without the beak tip, I've done his work and am now feeding him mouse parts.

He has a good attitude and will go in tomorrow for xrays to pinpoint the damage, probably to his pelvis. That will heal but takes time. Hopefully way before his need to migrate back north in March.

UPDATE: This amazing young bird is coming along. Xrays showed no fractures. He can't quite stand but is eating each mouse piece I hand him. He is a bit thin so probably will slack off a bit when he's full. He's gaining strength every day so the future may be bright for him.

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