CornellHawks E3 Update, September 23, 2014 (as posted on Facebook)
We’re happy to update you that in the three months since #E3‘s injury in June, he has continued to heal steadily under the expert care of veterinarians and staff at the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center, and he has spent the last few weeks in rehabilitation with the Cornell Raptor Program, directed by Dr. John Parks.
Dr. Parks reports that aside from the wing fracture, E3 is in good health overall. Because of his young age, he has adjusted fairly quickly to his new aviary. He seems quite comfortable and often lies down on a shelf at his window to sun. His injured wing is held a little abnormally, with the shoulder slightly elevated when perched. To help E3 gain as much use of the wing as possible, the Raptor Program has been encouraging him to extend his wing and fly across the aviary multiple times a day, offering a gloved hand garnished with food. E3 can now fly 10-12 feet. This distance may improve with time, but the prognosis is very poor for him to regain enough flight to sustain himself in the wild. We realize this will come as sad news to those of you who have followed E3’s story since the beginning.
The good news is that E3 has adjusted well to life at the Cornell Raptor Program, where he has bonded with his caregivers, and the Wildlife Health Center will continue to provide medical care and follow-up as needed. Given the circumstances, both the Wildlife Health Center and Cornell Lab of Ornithology are delighted that the Raptor Program has agreed to keep E3 as an education bird. He will begin appearing in public education programs around the community beginning this fall. We will keep you posted about E3’s activities and progress.
Meanwhile, if you wish to help the Cornell Raptor Program continue its amazing work, please donate here:
Please keep in mind that the Raptor Program’s facilities are not open to the public and they have a very small staff. If you wish to ask questions about E3 and his progress, please email us at
We will be sure to share your well wishes with the Raptor Program and to help answer any questions you may have.
The Cornell Lab wishes to thank the Bird Cams Community, Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center, and Cornell Raptor Program for your tremendous care and outpouring of support for E3.