06042019 American Kestrel - 1
Via volunteers Bill and Sue:
What’s with all the kestrels lately?! We’re new so is this normal? They all have been so stinkin’ cute!
Got a call from Lynn around 1:30 on 6/4. There was a kestrel down at Newlon Metals in Marion. From the picture it appeared to be an adult.
When we arrived at 654 Lincoln Blvd. in Marion, we met Anthony B. who made the call. He had been mowing in front of the build when he found the bird. It wasn’t moving but alive. He put it in a lidded box for safe keeping. He then went looking for a nest near the tree across the road but instead found 2 other young kestrels that were dead. They named him Newlon.
He remembered SHRR because he heard we made a rescue of a hawk in the area last year, so he searched the internet and found us. This appeared to be a juvenile kestrel. He was rather small, tail feathers were short and we didn’t see any white down left. The little guy was quiet until we got him in the car. He did NOT like the ride, any time we changed speed, turned a corner or curve, or had to brake we heard about it.
We safely delivered the kid to Pine Valley around 3:30. Made good time; traffic on I69 was kind to us.
We are really enjoying these adventures. So far they have had happy endings.
This young kestrel was examined and found to be healthy. It was moved to our rehabilitation facility until it is old enough to take care of itself. It will then be released.
07/01/2019 - This kestrel is young and healthy. He has been moved in with the other young Kestrels we have. When it is determined that he can take care of himself, and successfully hunt live prey, he will be released where he was found. The workers at Newlon Metals, where he was found, have named him “Newlon," though we will continue to refer to him by his generic name out of respect for the need to keep him wild.