Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pictures of X-ray and hawk in recovery

Rick Schubert sent this image of the x-ray of our hawk's fracture of its proximal tarsometatarsus bone.

If you double-click on the image it should enlarge.

And here is our hero in recovery with a pink cast.  No definitive word on its sex, but because it is so heavy for this stage of its development, it is probably a formel.

She is back at the Schuylkill Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, receiving antibiotics and anti-inflammatory pain medication.

Many of you have asked how to donate to the Center in appreciation of Rick's time and expertise in helping the Franklin Institute hawks, and all the other wildlife in need of assistance.

Like most not for profit organizations, the Clinic struggles during these financially hard times, so any donation, no matter how small, is really appreciated.  Here is the link if you would like to know more about donating:   http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/donate

In addition to critical dollars to support programs, the Clinic also needs in-kind contributions of basic medical supplies, cleaning supplies, food, toys, and other equipment for animals undergoing treatment or care prior to release.  Here is the link for in-kind donations to the Clinic:  http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/donate/wishlist.php

I cannot think of a better way to honor Rick Schubert and the Clinic, and to show our support of the Franklin hawks.


  1. Wonderful news, thanks for keeping everyone updated! I appreciate the donation link too!!

  2. What a lovely bird she is, and so lucky to tave Rick Schubert and Della Micah and everyone else on her side.

    Thanks so much for all this continuing information and the x ray and cast photo as well. Amazing.

  3. My mistake...she's not actually on antibiotics, since it's a clean fracture...the antibiotics was the wounded kestrel that Drs. Dazen and Boutette saw yesterday, just to be accurate. She is however receiving supportive care. We have 25 birds of prey currently in our care, and several hundred animals total, so I got temporarily confused.

  4. Please make sure people know to specify the donation is for the Wildlife Clinic or else it will go to the Schuykill Center. It's the Wildlife Clinic that really needs the donations!

  5. My thanks too for the update and the donation link. Wonderful job these folks do and special thanks to Rick.


  6. Della,
    Congratulations for your wonderful blog and for keeping everyone updated regarding these lovely little creatures. I've been following your blog, from the other side of the Atlantic, since it came to my knowledge and since then I've coming back on a daily basis. Thanks for sharing and for posting and congratulations to Rick. From Portugal, hugs, Chris

  7. Thanks for all the updates and donation link.
    You are all wonderful people!

  8. Della, thank you for your continued wonderful coverage. I tried both donation links but not working. will try again tomorrow.

  9. Link to donate not connecting

  10. Yes, the links are not working... nor is the site at the top level domain name working. (www.schuylkillcenter.org)

    In the mean time, can someone post their snail mail address for checks to be sent? Sometimes donations are sent to a secure mailbox rather than the physical address of the facility.

    Many thanks from afar.

  11. Thanks for the information! Would you please get an update from John Blakeman of his opinion? His previous assessment was so dire, stating that the eyass may be irretrievably, genetically inferior. What is his view in light of the latest developments? It's possible the fracture reinforces his view, given that the hawk did not withstand the impact on concrete, or perhaps Mr. Blakeman thinks the outlook is good for the hawk once the fracture heals. Would love to know! Thanks.

  12. Just donated for Wildlife Rehabilitation. Thanks for all your updates and info!

  13. Donations can be sent to
    Schuylkill Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic
    304 Port Royal Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19128

    Thank you all for your support!!

  14. This injury will quickly heal at the rehab center, and the bird will soon enough be back out on the ledge, where the parents will instantly discover and tend to it.

    It has a very good chance of taking up a normal RT first summer now. Importantly, the bird was found to be otherwise in good health and weight

    Things look good for this bird. It's in good hands, with a promising future.

    --John Blakeman

  15. Just a note to thank sunnydixie, Rick and all. Love your intelligence and sharing. The first full-front picture of eaglet with pink cast is the most beautigul picture of her innocence. This blog is a blessing to its viewers.

  16. Saw one eyass in a tree in front of the Rodin Museum June 21. Mom flew to a branch just below the eyass and checked it out from all angles, then flew next to the eyass for a minute or two and then flew off. Amazing parents! And amazing human friends like Rick and Della. These hawks certainly knew a good thing when they decided to nest on the Franklin Institute ledge.