Grasshopper is a Swainson’s Hawk who was raised illegally by humans. She was found and captured after she hungrily crashed a backyard BBQ looking for handouts after she had escaped from her captors. We suspect she was fed an improper diet for the first year of her life. Upon being admitted to the Birds of Prey Foundation her feathers were in very poor condition due to lack of nutrition. It took nearly two moults to acquire the beautiful feathers she should have. The first time she ever ate the staple food in a normal Swainson's diet, a grasshopper, it surprised her and she flew straight up in the air when it moved! Henceforth, she was named Grasshopper. Grasshopper has been with us since 2005.