Mystery flies with Homer hawk

Mystery flies with Homer hawk

by Jason Moore
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Bird Treatment and Learning Center is searching for the owner of a red-tailed hawk.

The center received the hawk Dec. 31 from a bird specialist in Homer and thought it might be sick or injured since it didn't display any signs of being skittish around people.

"That's when I went and got my falconry glove and I held the glove out to him and the bird jumped happily onto the glove," said Cindy Palmatier, an employee at the center. "I thought, wow, somebody's been training the bird. He really doesn't like people behind him."

The hawk seems to be in good condition and spirits even though it does not like people coming up from behind.

Red-tailed hawk owners are required to have the birds banded with special identification. This one isn't.

But from its behavior the Bird TLC believes it belongs to someone and they'd like that someone to come forward to retrieve their bird.

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