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Red-tailed Hawk fledglings reunited with parents in downtown Portland

Posted by thunsdorfer at Jun 16, 2015 04:00 PM |

June 16, 2015: In early June, we took in two young Red-tailed Hawks that had fledged prematurely from their nest in downtown Portland. We released them back to their parents on the Portland Building on June 5, but one of the fledglings subsequently crashed and was returned to the care center for a checkup. We then retrieved a third fledgling that had also hopped out of the downtown nest. Last week, we made a return trip to the Portland Building to reunite the repeat patient and the third fledgling with their parents.

Red-tailed Hawk fledglings reunited with parents in downtown Portland

A Red-tailed Hawk fledgling stands on the edge of the Portland Building roof - Bob Sallinger

In early June, the Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center took in two young Red-tailed Hawks that had fledged prematurely from their nest on the Wells Fargo Tower in downtown Portland. We released them back to their parents on the ecoroof of the Portland Building on June 5, but one of the fledglings subsequently crashed – most likely into a window – and was returned to the care center for a checkup. We then retrieved a third fledgling that had also hopped out of the Wells Fargo nest and found its way to a downtown sidewalk.

Last week, we made a return trip to the Portland Building to reunite the repeat patient and the third fledgling with their parents. After releasing the birds, Audubon Society of Portland conservation director Bob Sallinger took a remarkable series of photos of one of the youngsters catching air at the edge of the Portland Building – a full 16 floors above the street. Scroll through the photos at the bottom of this post to get a sense of the bird dancing on air.

The Audubon Society of Portland has a long-running relationship with the young hawks’ family – the fledglings’ parents were featured on the KGW-Audubon Raptor Cam from 2007-2011. In 2012, the pair moved from a downtown fire escape to the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, and then moved to the Wells Fargo Tower for this year’s nesting season.

A Red-tailed Hawk Fledgling catches air on the edge of the Portland Building 1 - Bob Sallinger
A Red-tailed Hawk Fledgling catches air on the edge of the Portland Building - Bob Sallinger
A Red-tailed Hawk fledgling catches air on the edge of the Portland Building 2 - Bob Sallinger
A Red-tailed Hawk fledgling catches air on the edge of the Portland Building - Bob Sallinger
A Red-tailed Hawk fledgling catches air on the edge of the Portland Building 3 - Bob Sallinger
A Red-tailed Hawk fledgling catches air on the edge of the Portland Building - Bob Sallinger
A Red-tailed Hawk fledgling catches air on the edge of the Portland Building 4 - Bob Sallinger
A Red-tailed Hawk fledgling catches air on the edge of the Portland Building - Bob Sallinger
A Red-tailed Hawk fledgling catches air on the edge of the Portland Building 5 - Bob Sallinger
A Red-tailed Hawk fledgling catches air on the edge of the Portland Building - Bob Sallinger
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