This red-tailed hawk came to VINS for care October 2, and been steadily making his way toward recovery. He was found in the middle of Route 4 near Killington, Vermont, and showed up at VINS emaciated, unable to fly, and with a damaged left eye.
Watch a video of this hawk flying and being handled by VINS staff for weighing!
We suspect the hawk was struck by a car and lingered for days along the road, unable to hunt and fend for himself. In our care, the bird has put on healthy weight, can fly beautifully, and has regained some vision in his injured eye. We will live prey test the hawk to see if he can successfully hunt live mice, and if so, he will be released back to the wild!
See photos below of the red-tail coming in for a landing in his enclosure where we feed him. And don't forget to watch our video!