05232019 American Kestrels - 1

Location of Rescue: 
Syracuse, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Fell from nest
UPDATE: 07/20/2019 All 5 of these Kestrels have been released. After they reached an appropriate level of maturity they had been placed in a "Hack Box". This allowed them to come and go as they wished. They took off the first day and after a week had not returned. They were definitely ready to be on their own

Via volunteers Sue and Bill: 

We were contacted around 3:13 p.m. on 5/23 by Lynne Ostergren asking if Bill could pick up a box of baby hawks at a residence in Syracuse, IN.  Bill had had a beer after mowing the lawn so, Sue drove.

Arrived at residence around 4:45.  David Z., who found the birds, told us the tree where the nest was located was ok when he left for work that morning, but when he returned home half the tree was down.  The nest and babies were scattered on the side of the driveway.  He gathered them up put them in a towel lined box.  He had not seen parents.  He assumed the tree came down in the storms that came through after he went to work.  He tried to feed them small bits of worm.

When we arrived, we observed 5 baby hawks (we know they were hawks because one pooped on Bill).  All were breathing, one was particularly vocal and active, and the others appeared to be sleeping but occasionally responded to “big mouth’s” vocalizing.

We arrived at the ICU around 5:45. Kat Ternet was there.  She filled out the intake card.  We stayed while she examined each one.  There appeared to be no significant injuries.

It was a great first rescue for us.  Looking forward to more.

05/24/2019. These babys have been placed with an experienced volunteer . She is hand feeding them and weighing them daily to monitor their food intake.  An attempt was made to renest these guys but the parents could not be found. It was decided that their best outcome would be for us to keep them for the time being.

These kestrels are growing up! They've got most of their adult feathers , eating on their own, and trying to fly. They will be moved to a larger pen . This will give them more space to get their flying exercises in.

07/01/2019 -  The little kestrels are growing up! They have most of their adult feathers, are eating on their own, and are trying to fly.  They have been moved to a larger pen so they can exercise their wings and gain flight strength.  Before we release them, we will be sure that they can catch live prey.

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