05272016 American Kestrel-1
Bob called me late this morning to pick up some birds over at the Ward Corporation which is near my house. They told him that they had two baby birds in a box and were pretty certain they were Red Tail Hawks. I got over there and found out that there were a total of 4 birds that came out of the duct work within the building. Two unfortunately fell to their death but the other two were rescued by the employees. I delivered them to Bob and he confirmed that they were in fact American Kestrels not Red Tails. He was going to deliver them immediately to Dr Pat for feeding. I had supplied some water to them while awaiting my delivery to Bob.
One of our falconers is raising them. He now has three, although these two are smaller than the third. He will have them until they are tearing food on their own.
This little one is showing the plumage of a female. She's been fed ground mice for the past couple weeks and is now eating chopped up mice. She is doing great and growing fast.
This tiny baby kestrel has been transferred to a falconer. Falconers must train under experienced, master falconers and pass a test to be a licensed falconer. So we know this little kestrel will be well taken care of!
This female American Kestrel was tearing up her own food at the falconers so she was returned to our bigger flight pens on June 17th. She is sharing the pen with other juvenile kestrels. She will remain there until we are certain that she catching and eating live prey and we will also make sure that she is fully conditioned for flight.