HY17 red-tailed hawk

x-ray Admission Date: 3 September 2018
Outcome: 15 November 2018 at Tigges North Wildlife Area, Carroll County
Location of Rescue: near Tigges North Wildlife Area, Carroll County
Cause of Admission / Condition: Grounded, shot with pellets
Patient Status: Patient Archive, Success Stories

Concerned citizens alerted SOAR to a grounded hawk near the Tigges North Wildlife Area in Carroll County, Iowa. Kay was able to meet them there and rescue this hatch-year 2017 red-tailed hawk. This hawk had both the reddish-brown tail feathers of an red-tail and the barred tail feathers of a first-year hawk.

Upon initial examination, Kay suspected this hawk was shot. An appointment for radiograph (x-ray) would be done first thing in the morning. This hawk also had a fractured right ulna.

inside right wing


The x-ray did confirm suspicions. This hawk was shot with shotgun pellets.


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lead pellet

On 9/17/18 one of the lead pellets worked to the surface on the red-tailed hawk admitted 3 September 2018. This hawk was found near the Tigges North Wildlife Area in Carroll County, Iowa.