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I came back because spirit wings was right - my being offended isn't what matters, what matters is the birds having their stories told to people that may have never been exposed before to such wonderful creatures. Thanks spirit wings for helping me get my head on straight again, and it's nice to be back I missed all the wonderful folks here.
This little fellow is often called a Prairie Hawk, he's not really a hawk at all he is really a member of the Falcon family. Looks like the falconers gave up on this little guy and kicked him loose. He came is nearly starved and showing signs of extended captivity (ragged feather tips etc.). But after 3 weeks of good food, vitamins and proper care he is up and doing very well. He should be ready for release by about March or April. He needs a couple months to sharpen his mouse hunting skills before he goes into the wild. The vast majority of the orgainized falconers are good folks and take great pride and care of their birds. But Prairie Hawks (really Prairie Falcons) like this fellow are prized by those few bad apple falconers and often sold on the black market for lots of $$$$. Sometimes if the bird won't learn to hunt well enough the falconers will just give up and kcik the bird loose or the bird manages to get away during training and we suspect that is what has happened to this fellow.

NAB :)

This little fellow is a Harrier Hawk (aka Marsh Hawk) he came in with a banged up wing, probably hit a window or maybe got clipped by a car or something. He had a fractured bone in the wing - but a couple weeks in a figure 8 sling and his wing is almost good as new, just a little lump on the bone where the fracture was. He should be OK to go this spring too. These guys can actually hover in one spot it mid air then dive straight down to catch their prey (usualy small mice of large bugs). The Harrier jet plane is named after them.

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Well Nab - bless your heart, I am so HAPPY you are back!!!!!! You have been missed and whatever Spirit Wings said I could hug her for it.

Love the pictures. I had never heard of the Harrier hawk much less that those awesome Harrier jets are named for them. We have seen the Harrier jets in action at the beach (landing field near where we lived) and they are awesome.

Rats, this thing is supposed to move but, anyhow, the sentiment is still there. :)

It is wonderful to have you back! You do work that inspires us all.
I always love to read your posts.

Hi Nab! Great to have you back and sharing the birds and animals with us again!

WOW those are awesome birds! What a shame some have to suffer because they don't "perform" well enough for people. That's sickening. I'm glad there are people like you who can help them when they need it! :D
Nab, glad to see you back. I love your stories and pictures.

Spirit Wings, thanks for convincing him.

what a magnificent bird. Thanks so much for sharing his story and pics, it truely is a great gift to share it:):)
KUDOS to Spriit Wings for talking Nab back into reporting on the wonderful variety of animals and birds he comes in contact with and is able to rehab with his girlfriend! They do a TREMENDOUS job!!

Well, Nab, I guess that you know by now that you were missed!!

Your stories are unusual and heartwarming!!

That little guy is just magnificent!! I have heard of Harriers...many thanks for informative update!


Love, Hugs and Scritches

Shi and her gang :)
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