As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Hawk chicks rescued from nests near Sea-Tac runways


Posted on May 21, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 6:47 PM

SEA-TAC INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Wash. — Imagine being 100 feet up in a tree and pulling chicks out of a nest. That may sound harsh, but it could keep your next flight at Sea-Tac from crashing.

Another spring, another pair of red tailed hawk chicks are rescued from a nest. Why? Because the birds are too close to Sea-Tac Airport’s runways.

Collisions are dangerous for people on planes and really bad for the birds.

John Mayet is an arborist – a tree guy, but he’s been handling these retrieval duties for years on behalf of biologists.

“We’ll take these (chicks) up north, we tag them all and that way we know if they’ve come back to the airport,” said Mayet.

Mikki Viehoffer is with the Port of Seattle’s wildlife program.

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