Thank you for your patience this morning while I made lots of phone calls to help you and the hawk out.
Dr. Bettye Hooley of the Morningstar Vet clinic and her staff volunteer their services to help me help wildlife. The bird will be x-rayed tomorrow, fecal examined, and gone over inch by inch for injuries and parasites. Maybe the bird is just stunned from a collision with a vehicle. This past year, 1/3 of the birds that came in died within 24 hours, another 1/3 had to be put down, and the other 1/3 was released.
This time of year, the majority of the birds we see are unsuccessful hunters, either very old, or the past spring's babies, just not meant to survive. Most of the old birds that we see have cataracts==we are wondering why so many. Also, we test all eagles for lead and aggro-phosphate poisoning---and they tests positive for one or both. Wish we had the $$ to test every single bird that comes in. Aggro-phosphates are the chemical fertilizers used to grow corn, herbicides and pesticides. Olathe Sweet Corn is Ariel sprayed---think about all the bugs, rodents, birds and other wildlife in the field eating when it is sprayed. We are killing our wildlife.
Thank-you for your kind words of appreciation. That meant a lot to me that you have the thoughtfulness to think of other people, and you say so! Please feel free to stay in touch. I like to include the people who find wildlife in the release. I will let you know what happens. All my contact info is below., along with some pics of wildlife that has come thru. Best wishes,
The Swainsons Hawk had a large, open wound in her throat just above her collar bone. By the time the vet's were able to examine the bird today, the tissue was blue, which means it was dead. This included the trachea and esophagus. The bird was put down. She had excellent weight on. No clues as to how she got that wound.
Thank you, CPW volunteers Terry, Cheryl and Nic for getting the bird out of the hands of the public, transported to me and to the vets at Morningstar.