This Red Shouldered Hawk was found on the ground in Stockton and it was clear that it had a broken wing. What wasn't so clear was that it also had been attacked.
The feathering on these birds is both beautiful and thick which means that careful inspection for injuries is essential. Unfortunately, for this guy, the discovery of wounds also means there is a need to pluck feathers to treat them...OUCH!
This hawk now is being medicated and has a wing wrap that will remain on for a couple of weeks until the bone has a chance to heal. Once the wrap comes off and the wounds are healing, he will go to a ﬂight cage for ﬂight testing and to strengthen ﬂight.
We will keep you posted and hope to share the release with you...
Red Shouldered Hawks are are common medium sized hawk and they most often eat rodents, frogs and snakes. They are often noticed for their ﬂashy colors, rust colored, white barred breast and rust colored shoulders with rust and white striped wings and a black and white striped tail.
PawsPartners.org is an alliance formed between A-PAL Humane Society of Amador County and Tri County Wildlife Care, the latter serving native wildlife in Amador, Calaveras, and Eastern San Joaquin Counties. Since inception we have added the Shelter Partners volunteer group, who support our local Animal Control organization, and Amador County Animal Response Team (ACART).