06042016 American Kestrel

Location of Rescue: 
Hickville Ohio
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Trapped inside a shipping crate that came from Chicago.
UPDATE: The "well traveled" American Kestrel from Chicago IL, that reached us via Hicksville OH, was successfully released today in Swinney Park in downtown Fort Wayne IN. During her stay with us she grew in her adult feathers and learned how to catch, kill and eat live prey. She was also conditioned for flight in a 40ft flight pen courtesy of one of our partner rehabbers. We are so very grateful for their partnership to help us return to the wild these beautiful birds of prey.

06042016-AMKE. This poor little kestrel orphan is truly that!  A company in Hicksville, Ohio, was opening a shipping crate from Chicago and found this little girl inside.  We will never know how she got on the crate to start with!  Physical exam revealed no injuries. She immediately ate some cut up pieces of mice when she arrived. She will be put in an outside flight pen with other orphaned kestrels when she starts tearing food on her own. 


06032106-AMKE. No injuries were found on this immature female American Kestrel.  She just appeared a bit too young to be on her own.  Once we make sure she is eating and able to tear up whole prey items, she will join several other orphaned kestrels in a flight pen.



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