Fallston the Cooper’s hawk is originally from Fallston, Maryland, where he was rehabilitated in 2009 after a collision with an unknown object. He has a permanently injured left wing and also suffered neurological trauma. He cannot fly well enough to hunt, so he was transferred to the VINS exhibits in 2011. Fallston enjoys perching on the very highest branch in his enclosure, where he has a great view of our forest and the Ottauquechee River.
In the wild, male Cooper’s hawks build nests with almost no help from the females. Even in captivity, Fallston feels the urge to build. Each spring, he creates a deep ring of twigs in the feeding box at the back of his enclosure. Our staff sees this “nest” as a sign that Fallston is comfortable in his enclosure, and we provide a good selection of twigs for Fallston’s use!