This is a Sharp-Shinned Hawk that came into the New England Wildlife Center yesterday afternoon. He was brought to us after being hit by a car on the highway. X-rays revealed a humeral fracture, one of the bones found in the wing. He will receive nutritional support and fluids as his wing mends. The recovery rate for birds suffering broken bones is much shorter than mammals and reptiles. Normally only 2 to 3 weeks is necessary for a bone to heal completely, due to the fact that their bones are hollow.
Birds of prey prefer to hunt in open areas. For this reason they are very attracted to highways for their long lines of sight. Many are hit as they attempt to catch their prey, the predator’s tunnel vision works against them as they are unable to see the fast approaching vehicles.