Remember Cody Rogers, the Georgia Southern engineering senior who coordinated the group of volunteers in January who got the songbird flight pen up? He and a friend from his hometown, Tyson Krantz, my nephew Alex and his friend Aaron Baeumel busted their butts yesterday and got the raptor flight almost completely done. These hardworking young men continued by four-wheeler headlights after dark to get the last of the slats up, so that all we have left is the latticework roof, the hardware cloth on the top, sides and interior floor, and the door and roofing tin.
I don’t even know where to begin expressing my gratitude to Cody, Tyson, Alex and Aaron. I have, however, promised to name the first downy raptor intake of the year in Cody’s honor, as he coordinated both construction efforts and made these flight pens happen!
The hawk, an adult male red shoulder, had a massive concussion but surprisingly—and happily—no broken bones. He had a bit of a head tic to the right and was unable to stand, sitting back on his hocks with his feet balled. I gave him meds for pain and left him alone until the next morning.