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.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Rare great black hawk rescued after suffering frostbite in Maine

A rare great black hawk that has become a celebrity for bird enthusiasts in Maine was rescued by visitors at a Portland park after they found the animal on the ground and suffering from frostbite Sunday morning, according to a local bird rehabilitation center.
The hawk, which is native to Central and South America, was expected to be examined by a veterinarian on Monday, according to a Facebook post by Avian Haven, a Freedom, Maine-based organization that cares for injured and orphaned birds.
“The bird’s obvious difficulty was frostbitten feet. After some emergency care for that condition as well as general debilitation, the hawk was settled into an ICU for the night. This morning, he was alert and standing,” Avian Haven said in the post.
UPDATE:  Rare raptor’s health improving after being rescued during snowstorm
January 22, 2019
Portland Press Herald
PORTLAND — A great black hawk that was found on the ground in Portland during Sunday’s snowstorm and brought to a midcoast wildlife rehabilitation center was standing and looking alert Monday morning, Avian Haven reported.
The rare raptor was residing in Deering Oaks Park the past few weeks and was found by passersby who said it was unable to stand and who contacted Avian Haven in Freedom, which specializes in the rehabilitation of wild birds.
Before this year, a great black hawk – a raptor native to Central and South American – had never been seen in Maine and was extremely rare in the United States.
great black hawk believed to be the same bird found Sunday first appeared in Maine on Aug. 9, only the second time the bird had ever been seen in the U.S., according to Maine Audubon Naturalist Doug Hitchcox.
Avian Haven co-owner Diane Winn said the injured hawk that was found in the snow in Deering Oaks Park appeared to have frostbite on its feet, although frostbite can “take a while to declare itself.”

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