These photos were also taken in our driveway while Mr. RTH sat on top of the basketball backboard. No sign of being afraid of us that's for sure!
So do you want to know what I found out?
After several attempts at contacting the correct person I was finally put in touch with the place that actually banded and rehabbed this RTH. Amy Titcomb from the York Center for Wildlife knows this Hawk well and was very excited to hear he is still alive:
Thanks so much for contacting us about the red-tail!
We admitted this bird April 8 2008, after he was found on the ground at the Sagamore Golf Club in North Hampton. A full exam revealed that he had been shot with bird shot (they are protected and shooting them is against federal law, but there was no way of knowing who shot him). He had wounds to his shoulder, abdomen, leg, and toe. The toe was fractured and some tendons were exposed on the leg. We splinted the toe and treated the wounds for several weeks. By May 2, his wounds were healed and the toe fracture was relatively stable; the toe was fully healed by May 12 and we moved him to an outdoor enclosure. On May 20, we banded him and released him back to North Hampton.
We are all so excited to hear that he's still alive! Could you tell me more about him? How often do you see him? How were you able to read the band number?
Thanks again for contacting us!
The Center for Wildlife
I have since responded to Amy's email but have yet to hear back from her. At least now I know a bit of his history and how he came to be banded. Hopefully he'll continue to live a long and healthy life free from wreckless gun owners.