Northern Raptors Heading South

SOAR can confirm that many birds of prey that summer in the north country have made it to their winter territories. We know this because this past weekend a saw-whet owl and a rough-legged hawk were rescued in Woodbury County, Iowa, and brought to SOAR.

The rough-legged hawk was grounded due to deep bruising of the muscles that work the left wing.

saw-whet owl

Saw-whet owl rescued in Woodbury County, Iowa.

The saw-whet owl likely collided with a vehicle as it had internal bleeding and symptoms of a concussion. This very tiny owl had very bad injuries and died within hours of rescue.