Raptor Rescue and Rehabilitation:
Raptor Rescue &
Here are some of our
previous birds:
American Kestrel
Screech Owl
Cooper's Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk
Two past visitors! The red phase owl
came from Westland, MI and has a
broken collar bone.
The gray phase owl apparently flew
inside of a truck in West Virginia and
arrived in Michigan with a broken wing.
Both a healing well and have become
Rehabilitation Fund
This Long Eared Owl is a migrant to
southern Michigan, normally found in
large, deep forests in Canada and
some of the U.P.  It was confused in
the city and ran into a window at
Cheli's Bar & Grill in downtown
Detroit on January 2nd.  An
employee called Dr. Smyth and
brought it to him in a box.  X-rays
showed no fractures (the left wing
wasn't functioning well) and he was
concussed.  Medication, food and
time brought him around, and he
was released at Dr. Smyth's house
in the evening on January 14th.  He
flew off perfectly after a nice meal of
two dead mice!
This juvenile female Bald Eagle was found wandering
She was brought to us by a falconer/raptor
rehabilitator for examination.  She was anesthetized
and x-rayed and found to have no broken bones nor
lead ingestion (a common cause of neurological signs in
and treated her for that.  Later that day and the next
when hand fed with a long forceps.  She was placed in
our flight pen and was soon able to eat on her own but
was not able to fly yet.  She was returned to the
falconer for further rehab and was released about 3
weeks later in the same area that she was found.
We received a call from security at the Joe Louis Arena
parking garage in downtown Detroit in July about a bird
that couldn't find it's way out of the structure from the
third floor.  This beautiful female Peregrine falcon allowed
Dr. Smyth to walk close to her and net her.  She was in
great shape and had no wounds, fractures, etc.  She was
an "eyas" - a young bird recently out of the nest and
apparently had flown down into the parking structure and
had become "lost".  She was kept, fed and flown for a few
days and then released near where she had come from