TALON, red-tailed hawk
This male Red-tailed Hawk cannot be released because when was an inexperienced hunter in the wild he was injured by a squirrel that refused to be his next meal. The squirrel bit his leg so badly that it caused permanent tendon damage in his leg which prevents him from closing his talons properly, making it impossible for him to hunt successfully. Talon was rescued by a falconer when he was found starving. After being trapped and treated for his injuries he was sent to Hawk Creek to join our flight team.
Hatched: est. 5/1/12 Arrived: 5/18/14
LAKOTA, red-tailed hawk
Lakota, a male Red-tailed Hawk, came from Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in California. He was found near Mt. Shasta, severely emaciated and blind in one eye. Previously, he had been seen fighting with another hawk. Competition between predators can be fierce, thus insuring survival of the fittest. Approximately 60% of all raptors die within their first year of life. Lakota has been fortunate to receive a second chance.
Est. Hatch Date: 5/1/2008, Arrived: 3/29/2009
CHASE, harris’ hawk
Chase, a captive-bred male Harris’ Hawk, came to us after his previous owner, a falconer, passed away. In the wild, they will hunt cooperatively, which is why they are known as the “wolves of the sky.” Their remarkable intelligence also makes Harris’ hawks wonderful educational ambassadors. As part of our flying demonstration team, Chase demonstrates the grace and agility of his species in our flight shows.
Hatched: 4/1/2009 Arrived: 1/27/2013
DENALI, northern goshawk
Denali, a female Northern Goshawk, came from a falconer in Massachusetts. When Denali was 1 year old she was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes, impairing her vision. After a $2,500 surgery to remove the cataracts she was still farsighted, making it very difficult for her to hunt. Knowing that his beloved hunting partner would no longer be able to hunt successfully, she was placed with Hawk Creek to become a part of our educational program.
Hatch Date: 5/21/2008 Arrived: 3/1/2010
SERENGETI, augur buzzard
This male Augur Buzzard came to us from the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, MO, the first facility in the US to successfully breed this species which is native to Africa. The first clutch arrived in 1998 and in 1999, there were approximately 21 augur buzzards in captivity in the United States. Their most common hunting technique is to soar in the sky. Serengeti has an animated, outgoing personality that makes him one of our most popular educational ambassadors.
Hatched: 4/1/1998, Arrived: 11/27/1998
IBERIA, common buzzard
This Common Buzzard came from the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, MO due to downsizing. They are the most common hawk found in Europe. Despite his “common” name they are not common looking at all. Iberia has been captive bred and trained to free fly. In Europe, hawks from the buteo family are referred to as buzzards. They often dance up and down in fields attracting worms to the surface, mimics the sound of rain. It is not unusual to see 40 buzzards at one time.
Hatched: 6/14/1996, Arrived: 8/26/2002