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Broad-winged Hawk
Admission Date
Rescue Location
Fort Wayne
Cause of Admission
Displaced by storm, blind in left eye

Hawkeye came to Soarin’Hawk along with many other displaced babies in June of 2012.  A huge storm, called a derecho, hit northern Indiana knocking down a large number of trees and power lines.  As a result of this storm, Soarin’Hawk picked up a record number of immature raptors that were not ready to be on their own.  Hawkeye came to us from Aboite Animal Hospital in Fort Wayne.  She was almost completely down covered when she arrived.  At first we thought she was a Coopers hawk, by far the most common medium hawk that we take in.  As she grew she was correctly identified as a Broad-winged Hawk.  And, unfortunately, as she grew it also became evident that her left eye stopped developing.  The left eye is smaller than the right and she is blind in her left eye.  She was added to our education permit in the fall of 2012.  Her calm personality is a welcome addition to our live education birds.  Broad-winged Hawks are listed as a “species of concern” in Indiana. This means “Any animal species requiring monitoring because of known/suspected limited abundance or distribution or because of a recent change in legal status or required habitat.”  Soarin’Hawk does not typically receive even one Broad-winged Hawk a year.  We are very fortunate to have a Broad-winged Hawk for an education bird.