PORTLAND -- A young red-tailed hawk had Portland police for protectors Wednesday night after an apparent test flight didn’t go so well.
What’s believed to be an 8-week-old fledgling was found walking around in traffic around 7 p.m. near Southwest 4th Avenue and Main Street in downtown Portland.
Multiple police cars responded to stop traffic so the baby bird could be safely captured.
A retired Portland officer with a special fondness for birds corraled the little hawk in nearby bushes and kept it overnight before transporting it to the Audubon Society in the morning to be checked out.
The Audubon Society is doing tests to see if the bird is healthy.
The young bird is likely the offspring of the red-tailed hawk pair featured on the KGW-Audubon “Raptor Cam” for five years. Last spring, the adult hawks moved their nest to the nearby and under-construction federal building, in a spot out of public view.
During the five years of coverage by the Raptor Cam, the young hawks usually took their first flight in late May or early June. Several times, juveniles from that nest were found on the sidewalk below the nest and were brought to the Audubon Society for treatment.