Someone from the DEC called me back this morning. They asked about the dead owl and hawk I found in the woods this past week. Since I can no longer find the owl, they said they would like to have the hawk’s body to run tests on them to try and find out why it died.
I was told that when they have someone free to come pick it up they would call me.
So this morning I went back to the woods and looked one more time for the owl. Either another animals has moved it someplace else to eat, or I just can’t find it.
I paid more attention after finding the hawks body. I even laid a branch on the bush it was under as a marker.
The hawk was still there and intact, so I brought it back to the farm and put it in a closed box in the barn.
Normally this time of year the temperatures would be freezing out or close to it. But today it was so warm I didn’t even turn on the heat in my studio. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be even warmer.
No one has called about picking up the hawk yet. If it were colder out I could keep the body for a while.
The first thing I thought after finding the owl and then the hawk, was that maybe the birds had been poisoned since their bodies were in tact. If someone from the DEC doesn’t get back to me by tomorrow I will call them back and ask what to do with the hawks body.
I did see a large bird flying through the woods when I was looking for the owl. I couldn’t see what kind of bird it was, it was too far away. But it gave me a bit of hope.