The non-profit rescue center for birds, A Place Called Hope in Killingworth, CT, showed off four of their resident birds to attendees at East Haddam Land Trust's annual meeting on January 20, 2017. About 80 people learned about and had close-up looks at an American kestrel, and Eastern screech owl, a great horned owl, and a red-tailed hawk.
MkHai, the American kestrel has a birth defect that would have prevented survival in the wild.
Snowball, an Eastern screech owl, was injured by flying into a vehicle along a road. This is a common injury among birds of prey.
Amber, a Great Horned Owl, was found after falling from the nest as a young bird, then kept by a human for a few months before being sent to A Place Called Hope. Too much time had passed for Amber to be able to identify with another Great Horned Owl rather than her human caregiver.
Spirit, a Red-tailed Hawk, is blind in one eye from a vehicle collision.
A Place Called Hope dealt with about 500 birds last year. They rehabilitate those expected to survive after being released. Others they care for at their facility.
Many thanks to Ralph Chappell for capturing these great shots. To see more photos and some video of these great birds, visit East Haddam Land Trust's Facebook page.