JACKSON HOLE, WYO – This Northern Goshawk saw the reflection of trees in a window and, thinking he was heading for the forest, flew full speed into the glass. The collision broke his coracoid and caused head trauma. The coracoid in birds is similar to the clavicle in humans, and coracoid fractures are common in birds that hit windows.
The homeowners found the hawk unable to fly with a drooping left wing and called Teton Raptor Center for help. TRC immediately started the injured bird on steroids to reduce brain inflammation and wrapped his wing against his body to keep the bone aligned while the fracture healed. After a few weeks of cage rest, followed by flight conditioning to build his strength, the Raptor Center released him yesterday for a second chance at life in the wild.