Monday, June 9, 2014

Corralitas Drive: Injured Red Tailed Hawk?

 Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 8, 2014.  Just after 11 AM Sunday, I heard 2 very large Red Tailed Hawks screaming and soaring near the back of the house.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)  

It was the 2 younger Red Tails that have been hanging around, (not our old mature nesting pair of Red Tails that have been missing since mid-May).  This new pair are not adept at soaring or landing. 

One landed in a neighbor's pine tree. where it continued to call as if it were hungry.   However, I noticed it was holding its left wing at an awkward angle back from its body.  Perhaps this is why it has so much trouble soaring - it may be injured.  Crows have been routinely harassing one of these hawks, as have the Cooper's Hawks.
After a few minutes it did put its wing down & continued screaming - now directly at me.  About ten minutes later, it took off, flew & screamed some more with its buddy, very close to the trees & houses on Corralitas Drive.  Because of the hillside, trees & houses, I could not see where they went.  They did go in the direction of the south end of the Corralitas Red Car Property.

If you encounter an injured hawk on the ground, do not attempt a rescue unless you are in contact with a trained raptor rescuer.  We have rescued injured Red Tails on Corralitas Drive (including one that had been shot).  We consulted with & sent the injured hawks to Ojai Raptor Center. 
Other wildlife rescue resources:
Wild Rescue Statewide toll-free Wildlife Hotline: 1-866-WILD-911