Four raptors return to wild

  • This young great horned owl came to Tom Ricardi of the Birds of Prey Rehab Facility in Conway with an injured wing. Now healthy, the bird was recently released in fields along the Deerfield River in Deerfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Tom Ricardi of the Birds of Prey Rehab Facility in Conway picked up this broad-winged hawk with an injured wing. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • A red-tailed hawk bursts from its enclosure as Tom Ricardi releases the rehabilitated raptor in Deerfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Tom Ricardi handles a young great horned owl that came to him with a damaged wing, but has since been rehabilitated. The bird was recently released in Deerfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 9/23/2020 2:08:54 PM

DEERFIELD — A broad-winged hawk, two red-tailed hawks and a juvenile great horned owl returned to the wild recently, after being nursed back to health by Tom Ricardi of the Birds of Prey Rehab Facility in Conway.

Ricardi released the four raptors in fields that border the Deerfield River. At the same time, he had another broad-winged hawk with an injured wing that he was bringing to the South Deerfield Veterinary Clinic, and after that he was headed to check out an injured hawk called in by a homeowner.

As many as 50 injured birds are in Ricardi’s care at a time. He’s also hosting 10 birds that cannot be released due to injuries, including a pair of bald eagles that he successfully bred, releasing numerous birds into the wild.

Reach Paul Franz at 413-772-0261, ext. 266 or pfranz@recorder.com.




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