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Rare Hawk Recovering After Being Found On Ground In Portland

Doug Hitchcock/Maine Audubon
via Associated Press
This Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, photo provided by Maine Audubon shows a great black hawk in Biddeford, Maine.

Officials with an avian rehabilitation facility in Freedom, Maine, say a hawk native to Central and South America that's been living in Deering Oaks Park in Portland is recovering after being found on the ground during last week's snow storm.Avian Haven Co-Founder Marc Payne says the bird is now bright and alert, but there are concerns about the great black hawk's feet. Payne says it looks like the hawk might have frost bite. 

"And the thing with frostbite is it starts out looking pretty minor, a few minor injuries on the toes but, over a period of time it can progress to the point where a lot of the foot could die back."

Payne says, through the efforts of volunteers and the Maine Warden Service, the bird was warmed and transported to Freedom, despite Sunday's challenging weather. 

Payne says usually when his organization sees frostbite in birds of prey it will be secondary to an injury. He says it could be a week or more before they know how frostbite could be effecting the hawk. 

Payne is asking poeple not to call - he says the facility will keep people updated about how the hawk is doing on its Avian Haven Facebook page.

The Portland Press Herald says bird watchers are not sure show the hawk ended up in Maine.