We had a juvenile (a yearling) cooper's hawk fly into our glass door a few weeks ago (even though we have those reflective bird decals). I always rescue birds that do that - put them in a shoebox and see if they come to their senses and then let them go. When this guy flew into the door, I was standing right in the living room and it was a huge POW. So I ran outside. The hawk lay spread out on the terrace and my little cat had run over right to him and was eye-balling him as he lay on the bricks. I thought to myself "I wouldn't tackle that bird if I were you" but she really looked like she was thinking it over. I didn't have a shoe box big enough to put this bird in. So Jay came out and he found a good sized box. We threw a towel over the bird's head and Jay got him into the box which was kind of a triumph because the hawk kept turning around and looking at us and spreading his wings out as a threat. But he couldn't fly so we took him to the Wildlife Center which is about 45 minutes away from us. He had no broken bones, but did suffer a concussion and a hemorrhage in one of his eyes. He recuperated at the Wildlife Center for about 3 weeks and when he was ready to be released, Jay picked him up and brought him home. We released him into our woods and watched him circle and hunt for a bit and then roost in the top of a tall pine tree. I think he is glad to be home!
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