I called and left messages for 1) a nature center 15 miles away, 2) a wildlife rescue group in Claremore, Oklahoma and 3) a wildlife rehab gal who I found through the Oklahoma Parks website.
I talked to answering machines at #1 and #2. At #3, I talked to the gal's husband, who said she was out feeding animals - he would have her call me when she came in the house. Neither #1, #2, nor #3 ever returned my calls.
But thanks to fellow Kansan Moonshadow's recommendation, the hawk finally had a skilled rescuer to help him out! The Eagle Valley Raptor Center in Cheney, Kansas, came to our aid.
When looking for a rescue group to help me, I also used my Peterson's bird book to try to identify the hawk. I narrowed it down to a juvenile red-tailed hawk based on the description in the book and what our rescued hawk looked like. I was curious to find out if I was right, or what type of hawk he was.
When we connected with Ken Lockwood from the raptor center just east of Cheney, he confirmed my guess was correct and he added that it was a young male. Since I'm no bird person, I was pretty excited that I guessed it right! My really cool Peterson's bird book comes through again
Ken reached into our dog carrier to retrieve the hawk without gloves or blanket or towel. He just reached in to grab him and the hawk did not resist. Needless to say, I had my heavy duty ranch gloves on every time I was in close proximity to the hawk. That was a sharp beak and those talons looked like steel to me. I wish I would have got a better photo showing his talons, which were incredible!
|Not the best photo to showcase his talons - click to enlarge|
Between helping the keet hatch from his egg a week and a half ago, and now this, I do think I'm becoming more comfortable with animal/wildlife rescue situations. Oh, and there was that barn owl a few years back that became entangled in fly tape in our shop - click here to check out THAT story.
And life goes on. Another week, another opportunity just around the corner. Right?