The juvenile broad-winged hawk had hauled himself up on a stump in the ditch alongside Barnestown Road, in Camden, following some sort of accident — a collision with a car, perhaps, a fall from a power line, or any multitude of events that can strike a young bird just leaving the nest.

His wing was broken, but he was up and mobile, and just feisty enough for Camden Police Officer Allen Weaver to first pull on the leather gloves and grab a blanket from the back of the cruiser before attempting rescue.

Weaver got the call of a hawk in the road at 8:15 a.m. Sept. 5, after being spotted by a passing motorist.

“He looked to be in pretty good shape, perched on a stump, but he had an injured wing,” said Weaver.

Weaver covered the bird with a blanket and lifted him into a box, with the hawk fighting and biting at the officer the entire time. Rita Buckley, a Camden volunteer with the Freedom-based Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, assisted Weaver and then transported the bird to Freedom.

“He has a badly broken humerus,” said Marc Payne, who, along with Diane Winn, has been operating the rehabilitation center since 1999. There, birds of all species are treated, and its practice has grown to become one of the largest rehabilitation centers in New England. Since 1999, its annual case load has increased from 300 to 1,300, and more than 12,000 birds have been treated.

There, the juvenile hawk will be evaluated for internal injuries.

“What impact was to the wing, has to have impacted the body, too,” said Payne. “We will consult with the veterinarian. We are more worried about internal injuries.”

The hawk is just out of the nest, said Payne, “like a teenager out on the town without a learner’s permit.”

If the hawk had not been injured, it would be marshaling its reserves for its first migration to South America this fall. For now, it will remain at Avian Haven, with hopes of survival.

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