Thursday, January 28, 2016

Two in just two hours

I got a call from a rancher out off Road 2AB this morning. He said he had a hawk with a broken wing next to his garage. I was surprised when I got there to see an adult Goshawk, a rare bird to come to IBR. Also not in a normal habitat as they are forest dwellers living on birds.

These birds are extraordinary flyers able to make quick turns among branches. They fold their wings into their bodies to squeeze through the smallest spaces then spread them out again and continue the chase.

This awesome bird has a broken humerus on his left wing that has been there for a while. I don't know if it can be fixed but as soon as he's stronger he will have surgery to repair the fracture. This is the largest accipiter altho as a male he's not that big. His name is TRAPPER.

UPDATE: I'm very sad to tell you that TRAPPER died this morning. He ate his quail yesterday and seemed stronger but some time this morning he lost most of his meal, got very weak and just gave up.

1 comment:

  1. I was shocked a few weeks ago when a Goshawk flew across our property very close to the house, and landed on fence rail. I haven't seen one in years, as we are not located in their natural habitat. Hope he has a full recovery.