We've had a family of hawks on campus the past month or so, a mother, father and two young birds. The adults feed the young for several months after birth even though when we saw them they looked full grown. The babies (I'm callling them babies because they are still unable to survive without parental feedings) would fly around and sit up high in trees or on Luther Tower or rooftops or buildings. Sometimes they ended up on the tall radio tower. Then they would scream and scream and scream to let the parents know where they were so food could be delivered. Food being other animals like squirrels, rabbits and small birds.
Today we discovered that one of the young ones flew into one of the chapel windows and died. The Hawk hit the window so hard that he/she left an imprint of itself. A sad story but the imprint on the window is amazing, the detail is so sharp it is possible to see the eyes, feathers and body.
There is supposedly a regulation which requires a call to the department of conservation when an animal such as these hawks die. The body must be disposed of in a certain manner-supposedly-and no feathers can be taken and neither can it be taken to a taxidermist to be permanently displayed. We don't know all this for sure, but it does seem fairly correct.
Gayle and Mark one of our 4th year students, picked up the hawk and showed the wingspan.
It's quite sad to see the end of such a beautiful bird.
If you enlarge the window picture you'll see the detail he left behind.