Kent is one of the oldest birds at VINS. She was struck by a vehicle in Kent, Connecticut, leaving her with an injured left wing. The wound caused permanent damage to her feather follicles, which meant that certain crucial flight feathers could not properly grow. Kent is therefore unable to fly and hunt for herself. She came to VINS as a juvenile in 1988.
Kent shares her exhibit with a male red-tailed hawk, Neddick. They often perch together on the same branch, keeping an eye on visitors and the forest beyond their enclosure. Although our birds do not breed, the red-tailed hawks do show some signs of courtship behavior. In spring, they often make a loose ring of sticks on the ground in the back of their enclosure. This “nesting” behavior is a good sign that Kent and Neddick are comfortable with each other and their home at VINS.
The Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation ensures that all of our exhibit birds receive biannual health checks and a variety of nutritious food. Red-tailed hawks are generalists that will eat just about anything!