Sharp-shinned Hawk

On January 24, we released this adult female sharp-shinned hawk back to the wild. Her liftoff near the Clayton Library was a marvelous sight, as she took off strongly and flushed a flock of songbirds out of the trees as she rose through the air. The hawk had been found in Clayton at the end of December, unable to stand and with an injured wing. Radiographs showed she had fractured her clavicle (a bone that helps create the shoulder joint.) Injuries like these are especially serious in birds that need to fly well enough to maneuver around trees.

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