Jun 16 2009
The drama began Sunday morning when Security Guard Andrew Loveridge found a red-tailed hawk fledgling hiding under a bush at Carnegie Mellon’s Hunt Library.
No one saw the bird launch from his nest on the roof of the Fine Arts Building but he had obviously missed the tree he was aiming for, if he aimed at all.
The fledgling looked fine except for a slight limp, perhaps from a botched landing. To add insult to injury he was being harassed by a food item! A squirrel was chasing him from bush to bush.
Andrew guarded the hawk and enlisted the help of Barbara Kviz who formulated a plan. She called her friend Kathy Borland, a fan of this red-tail family since the nest began. Kathy also works for CMU Security so together with Dorothy Kweller they corralled and captured the hawk.
They knew the bird shouldn’t be on the ground so they called Wildbird Recovery for confirmation. “Yes, he needs to be up high. Put him in a tree and his parents will take over from there.”
Barb, Kathy and Dorothy tried placing him in a nearby tree but the only reachable limb was too low. Then Kathy realized it would be an easy matter to put him on the roof. With her help they went upstairs in the Fine Arts Building and carefully put the fledgling on the lower roof near his sibling.
Next morning when I walked by both red-tail babies were lounging on the railing of the lower roof. End of the Act One.
Let’s hope Act Two doesn’t require a rescue.
(photo by Kathy Borland of Barbara Kviz holding the rescued red-tailed hawk fledgling)