- Jul 27 10:56 am #90813
Hi Chris…that is a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk and the wing tag was put on by Wildlife Management at the Vancouver airport. It will not fall off any time soon, if ever. The raptors themselves are not a hazard to the planes but they like to hunt the gulls and other birds that hang around the runways. This in turn flushes the flock up into the air which is a hazard. So they trap the raptors, put the wing tag on to make them easily identifiable, and then transport them up to the Chilliwack area and release them. It is hoped they stay up there or join a natural flyway in the area that will take them down to the US. Unfortunately a lot of them end up back at the airport where they are trapped again and given another chance at getting the hint that they are not welcome.
The tag looks very awkward but apparently does not interfere with the bird at all.