05272016 American Kestrel-2

Location of Rescue: 
Fort Wayne
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
trapped in the ductwork of a building
UPDATE: Release date: 08-30-2016 This little kestrel has completed her journey at Soarin Hawk and was successfully released, close to where she was hatched, at the Ward Corporation in Fort Wayne, IN. She came to us as a baby and her release was made possible by the tireless work of our trained falconer who fed and carefully raised her with as little human contact as possible. In addition, our offsite rehabber provided the large flight pen where she could exercise her wings once she was ready. The final step consisted of bringing her back to the smaller pen and feeding her live prey for two days. She had difficulty with this step so we put her in a pen for a few days with our adult educational kestrels hoping that they could teach her the process. Apparently she learned well as we isolated her again with live mice and she successfully captured and ate them. She was then transported back to an area across the street from Ward for release. We couldn’t do all that we do at Soarin Hawk without these amazing partnerships and we thank them all for helping yet another falcon fly free.

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.

Update 5/28/2016
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.


04June 2016
This tiny baby American Kestrel is doing well and will probably be transferred to a falconer.  In general, hawks in the wild have only a 50% chance of surviving past their first birthday.  So if she is raised and trained by a falconer she obviously has a much greater chance of survival! 



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