Broad-winged Hawk #12-2423

Species Name (EN): 
Species Name (LA): 
Admission Date: 
October 2, 2012
Release Date: 
October 24, 2012
Location of Rescue: 
Bedford, Virginia
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Likely hit by car
Released October 24, 2012
Patient Status: 
Patient Archive

In late September, a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk was found by the side of the road in Bedford, Virginia. The hawk was picked up and taken to a local permitted rehabilitator with Wildlife Care Alliance. The rehabilitator treated the hawk for head trauma, and after several days of stabilization, sent the hawk on to the Wildlife Center for further assessment and an in-depth ophthalmic exam.

When the hawk was admitted to the Wildlife Center on October 2, it was bright and alert – and the signs of head trauma were no longer apparent. The veterinary team examined the hawk’s eyes and determined that everything was within normal limits. After a couple of days of rest, fluids, and observation, the hawk was cleared to move outside.

Now residing in Flight Pen 4, the hawk is the newest hawk on Critter Cam. The rehabilitation staff will soon begin to exercise the hawk in preparation for release.

At the Wildlife Center, we treat to release. Your donation will help support the Center’s life-saving work with this young hawk … and with thousands of wild animals in need.


October 25, 2012

On October 25, BWHA #12-2229 and #12-2423 were released together at Rockfish Gap on Afton Mountain, about ten minutes away from the Wildlife Center. The release team consisted of wildlife rehabilitator Kelli and diagnostic intern Julia. Some other staff and students tagged along, including Dr. Dana, who proudly watched the release of her imping success story.

Staff and students met with several Hawk Watchers stationed at Rockfish Gap, counting migrating birds that fly along the mountain ridge. They were quite excited to witness the release of our hawks!

Kelli released #12-2423, who flew up and over the building, presumably landing on the roof before taking off again. Julia, who assisted with the hawk's imping last month, released #12-2229. Julia’s released bird did not have a very graceful release. The hawk took off, but flew and landed on a fence in the pool area. Kelli followed the bird and watched it fly off of the fence.



We’re glad our two hawk patients had a successful release and are able to join the thousands of other hawks that migrate through Rockfish Gap every season.


October 22, 2012

Broad-winged Hawk #12-2423 passed four nights of live prey training so far -- just one more to go!  If the hawk passes tonight, and its pre-release blood work is within normal limits, the hawk will be scheduled for release this week.

October 19, 2012

Rehabilitation externship student Niki reported that Broad-winged Hawk #12-2423 passed its first night of live prey training. If the hawk passes four more nights, pre-release blood work will be performed next week and hopefully the hawk will be on its way!

October 17, 2012

Broad-winged Hawk #12-2423 has been flying well over the past few days – during a typical exercise session, the hawk makes about 10 flights, perch-to-perch. The rehabilitation staff will begin live prey training on October 18.