If the hawk’s parents are in the area, leave it alone.

Your definition of an inappropriate location may be different from that of the parents who chose this nesting site. Carefully consider the location and how you may be able to reunite the family. If you have seen the parents and you can safely do so, move the baby into a more secluded or safer place in that same area.

A baby hawk in the middle of a busy street may be able to be moved to the surrounding forest.

A baby hawk in the middle of an urban neighborhood may have fallen from a building. If it is not injured and you know the nesting area or the building from which it came, perhaps the bird can be returned to the nest. If the location is such that it is far too dangerous for the bird and too dangerous for you to reach a safe area, then call a rehabilitator.

If you do attempt to reunite the family, monitor the baby for a few days. If it remains strong and healthy, the parents are caring for it. If it becomes weakened, then call a rehabilitator

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