This juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, found unable to fly on a golf course, utilized our Raptor Rescue Network as it was originally looked at by Castle Rock Vet, a RRN partner, and transported by a RRN volunteer! Upon admit, this juvenile appeared alert, healthy, wings held properly, and defensive. However the bird had a residue that coated all of it's flight and tail feathers, creating a sort of film that prevented the bird from flying. Staff are unsure exactly was caused this residue, possible algae from a pond on the gold course. Treatment includes gentle baths to remove the residue from the feathers and allowing the natural oils to take over.
Update: The baths have removed all of the unknown residue from the birds feathers! The bird is now flying in a large mew and able to get up to the tall perches. Once this bird has transportation sorted it can return to the wild!
Date Admitted: 7-8-19
Location Found: Green River, WY