PORTLAND -- A young red-tailed hawk found by police in downtown Portland last week has been treated and was released Wednesday, according to the Audubon Society.
The fledgling was found walking in traffic around Southwest 4th Avenue and Main Street on May 29. Police responded to block the intersection so the bird could be captured safely.
It was taken to the Audubon Society and treated for lead poisoning, said Audubon spokesman Bob Sallinger. Veterinarians released the hawk Wednesday.
"We set him free on the roof of the Federal Courthouse around 12:30 this afternoon," Sallinger said. "He took a quick look around, ran about 20 feet along the rooftop and then leaped through the railing and into the air. He flew about two city blocks before landing on another rooftop."
"A little while later one of his parents cruised by and we could see him visibly responding to the parent," he added.
He said the hawk would remain in the area for the next couple of months as he perfects his hunting and flying skills."
The fledgling is likely the offspring of the red-tailed hawk pair featured on the KGW-Audubon “Raptor Cam” for five years. Last spring, the hawks moved their nest to a more private spot, atop the federal building downtown.
During the five years of Raptor Cam coverage, young hawks usually took their first flight in late May or early June. Some were found on the sidewalk below the nest and taken to the Audubon Society for treatment.
More: Raptor Cam Photo Gallery