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[An Amazingly Old Red River Country Redtail]
Rob Drieslein: April 13th, 2020

Thief River Falls-based Conservation Officer Jeremy Woinarowicz reported that he responded to a call about a dead raptor on the side of a road, presumably struck by a vehicle.

The report came from the city limits of Oslo, Minn., in the Red River valley, about 30 miles north of Grand Forks, N.D., on Wednesday, April 1.

When retrieving the bird, an adult red-tailed hawk, the CO saw it had a leg band. In reporting the band to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Woinarowicz learned the bird had been banded in Saskatchewan, Canada, when it was a nestling in 1994.

“So 26 years. That’s really old,” Woinarowicz said. “The website where I was inputting the number asked me to double-check the band because it was such an old number.”
Given its location where it was found, Woinarowicz said it appeared the bird likely had struck a vehicle.

Birding experts in the Twin Cities clarified that the 26-year-old Red River redtail doesn’t mark a record for longevity, but the bird had a nice run nonetheless.

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