This is my friend’s new baby (eyass) northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis). He is a captive bred, Russian/Finnish subspecies cross and is 100% ADORABLE. I pretty much screamed with glee every time he did anything.
My friend is a licensed falconer of the general class, so it is legal for her to own and raise this bird. He is destined to be a hunting hawk and under my friend’s care and training, I know he’s going to be one major badass by the beginning of the hunting season this fall. For now he’s wibbly, wobbly, and covered in cotton.
Northern goshawks are sort of the Ferraris of the falconry world. They are fast, extremely agile, and focused, but make a mistake and you will pay big time. They are not forgiving birds and they require very experienced falconers to handle and train them. I’m very excited to watch him grow and watch my friend train him. I want a goshawk eventually, but not until after a lot more experience with more forgiving raptors. I’ve been out hunting with several goshawks, and man, it’s a wonderful and intense experience. Their ability to move through the forest is like watching poetry in sharp, pointy motion.
UM…..here’s the story:
puff & i went out for sunset
& on our way back, i felt something quickly move by my feet & into someone’s garden
so i look over, & it’s a baby bird omg
i know you’re supposed to help the naked babies if they’re out of their nest, but you’re supposed to leave these older babies alone bc they’re just learning to fly & their mom is most likely near
BUT….a cat was literally feet away. i couldn’t just leave. plus i had a good idea of where the nest is (in the awning of my house lmao)
SO i remembered where the baby was at, ran puff inside, put on some tennis shoes (bc i was in flip flops), & ran back out.
the baby was in the same spot thank god
after MANY times of trying to gently catch the baby, i got him/her ! they were very scared & even screamed as i tried to get them those few times, but once the baby was in my hand, they were pretty calm; scared & shaking :( , but calm. (also it looks like i was holding them really tightly, but i wasn’t! i made sure to make sure they couldn’t jump, but i didn’t hold onto the baby tightly)!!
i then called my mom to get me something to stand on so i can reach the nest for nester (❤️ idc if the baby is a boy or girl…their name is nester ❤️)
& then RIGHT when i got to the nest
RIGHT WHEN i was about to put nester in there…..s/he flew (as much as they could) away :(
i saw nester in the same garden & tried to catch them again, but they ran away. & after about 10 min searching for nester…..i couldn’t find him/her :(
PLEASE PRAY FOR NESTER ❤️❤️❤️ i’m gonna try and look again…..but i don’t think i’ll have much luck :(
***PEOPLE WITH BIRD KNOWLEDGE***if i did anything wrong, please let me know just in case i run into a similar problem again. i REALLY wanted to get nester to safety & of course that was my ONLY intention, but i could have done something wrong bc i don’t know birds as much as i’d like to know them lol