A Wing in the Door: Life with a Red-tailed Hawk

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Milkweed Editions, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 195 pages
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Illegally plucked from her nest when only a month old to be trained for falconry, Merak is two when finally released. She isn’t used to foraging for herself, however, and wanders into a nearby town. As Peri McQuay quickly learns, this human-imprinted hawk is not quite ready for the wild. As Merak’s caretakers, the McQuays try to coax the bird to independence. In journal form, Peri McQuay writes about her life with Merak, relating the hawk’s antics -- chasing a garden hose that looks like a snake, rearing up to magnificent size to threaten a house cat -- and her difficulties. McQuay becomes increasingly attached even as she hopes that Merak will become fully wild again. This unusual book about a little-known topic testifies to the powerful connections between humans and animals.

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A Wing in the Door: Life With a Red-Tailed Hawk (The World As Home Series)

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Freelance writer McQuay (The View from Foley Mountain), who lives on an 800-acre Ontario conservation area, tells the story of her life there with a semi-wild red-tailed hawk. The hawk was released ... Read full review

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