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.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Hawk chicks rescued from I-495 bridge

Melissa Nann Burke, The News Journal9:26 a.m. EDT July 14, 2014

A pair of baby raptors, still too young to fly, were safely moved from nest atop piers

Red-tail hawks are also protected under federal law, so state officials sought a salvage permit from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The hope is the fledglings' parents can provide additional support while the juveniles are learning how to hunt

As emergency repairs got underway at the I-495 bridge in Wilmington last month, crews found a surprise nestled 60 feet above the ground within the structure – a pair of baby raptors, still too young to fly.

Their mother had built a stick nest on a steel grate between the concrete pier caps, just below the travel lanes next to the Christina River. It probably seemed like a safe place to raise a family – until a lot of heavy machinery, drills and cranes started arriving in early June.

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