06022016 American Kestrel
UPDATE: This kestrel came to us as an orphan and grew up at Soarin Hawk. She shared a pen with several other orphans for a couple of months. Once they got a bit older, they were then taken to our partner wildlife rehabber who has 40ft flight pens. This gave the youngsters the opportunity to stretch their wings and condition themselves for flight. Once we were certain that they could fly well, we brought them back one by one to our smaller flight pens. There they were placed in individual pens where we could feed them live prey and observe to make sure that they could capture and eat the live prey. Once they accomplished that task for two days in a row, they were then ready to release. She was released in a cemetery in Leo, IN.
This little American Kestrel was found in Kendalville with no parents around. It is not quite ready to be on its own. Thanks to Kendalville Animal Clinic for being the drop off point for her and for taking radiographs for us! No injuries were found. She will go in a flight pen with other orphaned kestrels.