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Albuquerque, NM 87184
Phone: 505 828-9455
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E-Mail: gail@hawksaloft.org

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“We Found a Hawk”

Just last week, we received a call from Craig Sizemore at Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative about a ‘hawk’ they had rescued in Estancia.  Julia Davis raced out to meet them in Edgewood and returned with, not a hawk, but a Golden Eagle! And, it was stuffed like a sausage into a very small box. One look at the tail tip, and it was clear that this was NO hawk.

Gail and Lisa begin the medical exam.

Gail and Lisa begin the medical exam

Gail held the bird while Lisa did the exam.  She began by looking at the obviously injured left wing, where the ‘hand’ area of the bird was clearly injured, but no fractures were evident.  Lisa applied an antibiotic ointment to the injured area and wrapped up the wing to prevent further damage.

Right Wing extended

Right Wing extended

She still had to examine the rest of the eagle, who was patient beyond belief while Lisa poked and prodded looking for another hidden problem.

Extending the leg

Extending the leg

Each of the legs had to be extended to ensure that no hidden problem lurked there.

Eagle Feet

Eagle Feet

Check out the size of these feet!  It is clear why this is a two person operation.

Full Body Eagle

Full Body Eagle

We were extremely thankful that this big bird was so cooperative, and struggled little. The image above gives a good comparison of the size of a Golden Eagle relative to an average-sized woman.

All Wrapped Up

All Wrapped Up

Exam over, we began looking for an appropriate sized box into which to place the eagle to transport it to Lisa’s facility.  Not a single eagle-sized box was to be had at our office, or any of the other offices in our business park!  What’s up with that?  So, it was a three person job to move the eagle to Lisa’s facility. We covered his head with a towel, and Lisa belted in Gail and the Eagle in the front passenger seat, while Julia Davis followed behind with Gail’s car.  It was not your average day at the Hawks Aloft office.

The following morning, it again took two people to medicate the bird and get it to the vet, then onward to The Wildlife Center in Espanola where the eagle is recuperating. We hope that this juvenile will be releasable. While rescues like these are heartwarming, and we gain so much from working with these birds, the staff time necessary to care for each bird is completely unfunded except for member donations.

We thank Craig and his colleagues for rescuing this young Golden Eagle, and for following up to check on his progress.  As we were sending off the young eagle, we took the opportunity to snap a couple of photos.

Lisa Morgan, Raptor Rescue Coordinator

Lisa Morgan, Raptor Rescue Coordinator

Gail Garber, Executive Director

Gail Garber, Executive Director

 

7 Responses to ““We Found a Hawk””

  1. Jill Brubaker says:

    What a beautiful creature – so glad youall were there to take care of it. So huge, and just a juvenile!

  2. Lori Jones says:

    What a fantastic bird and what an honor to be able to hold and help him/her 🙂 And then to have the bird at home over night. How exciting! Suppose not much sleep to be had that night though.

    Way to go sister and Gail! Bird if half the size of Lisa, but she’s not so big herself!

    I hope he/she will be ok; definitely in good hands.

  3. Ditto to the earlier comments. It’s a special opportunity to hold such a bird and for it to accept your help. Thanks to all at HawksAloft.

  4. Steve says:

    I think that Gail was holding a bit too tight in that last photo…

    • hai-admin says:

      Thanks Steve,

      I was trying to avoid being bitten in a sensitive area. Actually I wasn’t holding to tight, but all those feathers made it look like I was strangling the bird.

      Cheers,
      Gail

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