05272016 American Kestrel-2
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 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!