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June 3, 2017 in Plano, Texas

This morning, I was sitting happily in bed when a friend of mine texted me a photo of a very large bird sitting on a trash can outside of an indoor soccer facility in Plano.  She said she thought he was injured because they were able to get very close to him, and he did not fly off.

Here he is tending to his wounds. Looks like something sharp cut him open. Poor guy…

Well…she was right!  After I packed up my camera, texted my “bird friend,” and made my way down there, I realized that it was a very large Red-tailed Hawk that was very severely injured.  I was amazed at how close I was able to get to take some photos of him while a friend and I waited on the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center to arrive so they could try to capture him and take him to their hospital in Lucas.

What a morning it was.  I have never been that close to a Hawk in the wild before.  It was quite extraordinary.  I haven’t heard back from Blackland Prairie Raptor Center yet as to how he’s doing, but I’m hopeful that they were able to fix him right up and send him on his way.

His wound looked pretty bad, but fortunately, he was still able to fly.  We know this, because he flew from the top of a trashcan, to the top of a soccer goal, and then to the top of a baseball fence!  It was all very exciting.  Once I receive an update on him, I’ll be sure to let you know how he’s doing.

Until next time…

When we left, he was perched on top the of a baseball fence. Pretty high up there. Not sure how they were planning to get him down. I sure hope they did!

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