"Northern Goshawk"

We have Northern Goshawks

The above immature Northern Goshawk came to us a couple weeks ago with a injured left wing. The bones at the wing tip are fractured. It's not known right now if it will be releasable or not. The only thing we could do was immobilize the wing and let it heal.
If you noticed its crop it's getting plenty of quail. If you look at its expression on its face I don't think it minds.
This immature Northern Goshawk came in from PET ER over the weekend. It was found on the ground in Wasilla and the people brought it in for care. It caused quite a ruckus when it escaped from the technician that was checking it in. It got into the cat room, but fortunately the cat room was unoccupied.
It's in for observation. We believe it just knocked itself out flying into something. The tail guards are put on all goshawks, falcons, etc. to protect their tail feathers while in captivity until they are released. These guys use their tails like a rudder and make some really sharp turns with them. Damage to their tail feathers would delay their release until they molted.
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We released 2 today

Robin Smith & Eric McCallum opened their home and held a release party helping to raise some much needed funds for Bird TLC today. Some of those who attended were able to release two birds back to the wild.

The first release was the Great Gray Owl from Glennallen. It came out of the box and headed for the woods. Tonight she's spending the night overlooking Cook Inlet.

Bird #2 was the Northern Goshawk from Kenai. She took off like a bullet and glided over the trees for a few before finding a place to perch to check things out.

Thanks to our host and hostess for a great event. Also thanks to the attendees who are great supporters of Bird TLC. Without this kind of support, rehabilitation for raptors like these wouldn't be available in the Anchorage area.

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Photo Credit: Britt Coon / Bird TLC

Megan checks off

Bird TLC's Events Coordinator, Megan Pool checked off on the Northern Goshawk yesterday. She did a very good job and will make an excellent education presenter.

To get checked off, Megan must do a presentation in front of her peers and have at least 1 member of the Education Committee in attendance. She must show that she can handle the bird and tell us about its species. When she's done she also must answer questions from the audience.

Megan did all that. Now she must do 2 presentations observed by another presenter and then she's on her own.

Congratulations Megan!

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2 X 2

Northern Goshawks and Great Gray Owls are fairly common in Alaska. We don't get a lot of them in the clinic. But right now we have 2 of each and all were hit by a car.

We've gotten in the habit of when we see road kill close to the road, we stop and throw it farther from the road. Why you ask. Because all raptors are opportunist, they will eat from the carcase of road kill. If that road kill is too close to the road and a car comes along, the bird doesn't have time to escape from the vehicle path. Then it's next meal is from Bird TLC.

You'll get some strange looks sometimes, but you'll get back in your car with a smile on your face.

Ducks Unlimited National Convention

Bird TLC had the pleasure of being part of the 2007 Ducks Unlimited National Convention here in Anchorage. We were represented by Kerry & a Bald Eagle, Ruth and a Northern Goshawk and myself and the Snowy Owl. We meet a lot of nice people from around the U.S. and were able to tell them about our birds.

DU is an awesome organization (I'm a member) that has supported Bird TLC in the past financially. They are great supporters of wetland conservation and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

The weather was great. We were joined by 4 time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser. He's a pleasure to have a round.

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Picture's by Dave & Ruth Dorsey / Bird TLC