05272018 American Kestrel - 1
We received a call from the DNR about an American kestrel that needed some assistance in Waterloo, IN. We dispatched Louie to meet up with the CO. Apparently this kestrel had flown into a tractor that a gentleman was riding at his place of employment. The gentleman picked up the kestrel and took it home where he contacted the DNR. No apparent injuries were found on this juvenile and she was placed in a mew with other juvenile kestrels where she could continue to grow and molt in her adult feathers which eventually revealed that she was a female. Her next step was to be isolated in a mew by herself where she was fed live mice for two days in a row to prove that she could hunt. She met that milestone with ease! Since she was a juvenile she could be released anywhere, so the gentleman that found her was contacted and he said that he would like to have her released on his property. Kim boxed her up and headed to Waterloo, IN where she was successfully released on August 16, 2018.