Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Broadwinged Hawk Banded At Springbrook Nature Center
This was pretty exciting for all the volunteers, most of whom don't get to see a hawk up this close. Fortunately, volunteer Amber Burnete, who works at the Raptor Center, was present and very familiar with handling birds of prey.
This turned out to be a Broad Winged Hawk that was only one year old, so a little inexperienced and may be why we captured it.. The eye color helps to determine the age, and has not turned to the brighter yellow af an older adult.
This hawk was very calm through the banding process, but wary of so many hands measuring and looking at feathers to determine its age.
The hawk was ready to go, and flew immediately into a tree nearby. It shook its feathers out, and then flew back in the direction of the area where we captured it a little earlier.
Hope we see it again.