Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk sitting on top of a bird feeder.
Red-shouldered Hawk in the rain. The feeder was a hopping place until the Hawk showed up.

By Linda

This Red-shouldered Hawk was hanging around the backyard on a rainy day recently.  If he was hoping to catch birds at the feeder, it might have been better to be less obvious!

I was conducting a Climate Watch count today and noticed the Snowy and Great Egrets are starting to get their breeding plumage.  All you folks in the cold north, spring is coming.  Hang in there!

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret beginning to show breeding plumage.
American Coot
American Coot

I want to give a little update on Dart.  Dart has been having pain in both his front legs, but particularly his right leg.  It has gotten so bad, he often won’t put weight on it.  He bites at his legs a lot when he’s in pain.  We’ve tried different pain medications, but his digestive system can’t handle it.  We eventually found something his digestive system could handle, but it didn’t do anything to improve his situation.  I eventually found a vet that did Xrays of his legs and determined what’s wrong.  I don’t know how to explain what the problem is, but pain medication won’t help.  The vet recommended laser therapy and it has helped significantly.

While at the new vet, we got to discussing Dart’s many digestive problems and the vet took Xrays of Dart’s insides.  She thinks his problem is stress.  That would not surprise me.   We are working on some options to reduce his anxiety without making him lethargic.  We’ll see how it goes.  Anyone who has spent enough time around Dart would have to agree he is uptight!  Maybe it comes with the territory with some herding breeds.

5 Comments on “Red-shouldered Hawk

  1. Awwww poor Dart! I’m glad he’s having pain relief and maybe that will help with the stress level. Love the snowy egret photo!

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  2. Hope Dart will feel better….he seemed like a very calm doggie when he was visiting in Pgh awhile ago and other times we have seen him….he hides it well….poor Dart, he is such a nice doggie….

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    • You haven’t seen the other side of him. There were no children or other pets around. Although, he used to handle dog agility trials well. Since we came to Florida, he’s been tense about all the happenings in the neighborhood. We use to live in a quiet rural area. Maybe the transition has been tough for him.

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