PHOTOS: Returning to the skies

  • A barred owl that was released in Deerfield by Tom Ricardi rests in the field before flying away. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Tom Ricardi of the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway releases a barred owl in Deerfield that had been struck by a vehicle. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Tom Ricardi of the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway releases a red-tailed hawk in Deerfield last week. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Tom Ricardi of the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway releases an immature bald eagle in Deerfield last week. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Tom Ricardi of the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway releases a great horned owl in Deerfield last week. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Report
Published: 12/5/2022 6:50:30 PM
Modified: 12/5/2022 6:50:08 PM

DEERFIELD — Having nursed them back to health, Tom Ricardi of the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway released four raptors near the Deerfield River in Deerfield last week.

Ricardi released a barred owl that had sustained a wing injury after being struck by a vehicle; a great horned owl that was found starving in Southampton; a red-tailed hawk that had ingested rat poisoning in Northampton; and an immature bald eagle that had gotten tangled in fishing line, cutting into its left wing and causing an infection. Ricardi received help from the South Deerfield Veterinary Clinic to mend the bald eagle’s injury.

Ricardi accepts donations to the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center to support his work. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 26, Conway, MA 01341.


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