Yesterday a nest of baby red tail hawks fell from a tree. Three white fuzzy babies survived the fall and four very upset adult red tail hawks were flying around the yard dive bombing anyone or thing that approached them. Two of the hawks were mom and dad and two others were 'community' members who also responded to the distress calls of the three young birds.
Valerie advised the homeowner, Marlene, and her daughter Ally to use umbrellas for protection and to put the babies into a box or rubbermaid tub until she could get there to help them construct and place a substitute nest. Mom and Dad hawk where feeding the babies inside the tub within 15 minutes <3
A small laundry basket was lined with natural materials including what nest materials could be gathered from the fallen nest and the babies were placed inside. The basket was securely fastened into the tree as high as possible in a location that offered protection from too much sun or rain. And then everyone stepped back and watched ...
Mom landed on the branch beside the nest and checked out the new 'nursery' and then returned to feed! SUCCESS!
Many thanks to Marlene and Ally for being ALL IN on a Saturday morning for this rehoming project even despite the scary aerial attacks from the concerned adult hawks. It remains to be seen if their dog will need to carry an umbrella when he uses the yard lol.
EFFORTS LIKE THESE TAKE A LOT OF TIME, IN ADDITION TO GAS & MILEAGE. HELP THE ARK BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO THESE SITUATIONS THROUGH YOUR SUPPORT. WE ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS AND THE ARK RECEIVES NO LOCAL, STATE OR FEDERAL FUNDING. THANK YOU!