Top: Red Tailed Hawk, Middle: SawWhet Owl, Bottom:  Immature Bald Eagle

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What is a raptor?

A raptor is a bird of prey; hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, and osprey.

Raptors have:
- hooked beak
- large talons used for tearing the  flesh of their prey
- they catch their prey live

Many people are afraid of raptors, thinking they will take off with a small dog or raid chicken houses. "In all my years rehabbing I have only confirmed one incident involving a dog and that was becasue the hawk was feeding on its freshly killed prey and a man walking his small dog, came upon the bird.  The dog attacked the hawk!  Fortunately, the River Rouge police were able to get the hawk and provided him with his very own holding cell until we could get there.  He suffered a fractured wing, fully recovered and was released.  And, the dog was not harmed.  Amazing, I know.  We at SFW's refer to this story as our genuine jail bird!"

   Raptors help to balance the environment, so we do not have an excessive amount of rodents, for example.  If you have an explosion of rodents, such as mice or rats, you don't have enough predators in your area.

Raptors come in many different sizes and colors, from the tiny Sawwhet Owl, to the large Eagle.  We live with many different species of raptors.  Some you may see and many you may only hear.  Probably the most familiar raptors in Michigan are:  Red Tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp Shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, and Barred Owl. 

However, we also are home to Short -Eared Owls & Saw-Whet Owls, and many migrating birds of prey, such as Long -Eared Owls, Snowy Owls, Osprey, Red Shoulder Hawks, Broad Winged Hawks, Rough Legged Hawks, Merlins, & Goshawks, to name a few.

And, of course, we have eagles! 
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