06062016 American Kestrel

Location of Rescue: 
Decatur, IN
Admission Date: 
UPDATE: 8 August 2016 This little kestrel has completed her journey at Soarin Hawk and was successfully released back to where she was hatched in Decatur IN. She came to us as a baby and her release was made possible by the tireless work of our trained falconer who fed and carefully raised her with as little human contact as possible. In addition, our offsite rehabber provided the large flight pen where she could exercise her wings once she was ready. The final step consisted of bringing her back to the smaller pen and feeding her live prey for two days. Once we were certain that she caught and ate the live prey, we then transported her back to the landowner’s property for release. We couldn’t do all that we do at Soarin Hawk without these amazing partnerships and we thank them all for helping yet another falcon fly free.

I received a call from our rescue coordinator that we had another American
Kestrel Baby that a homeowner found on their property on Friday the 3rd.  I
made the drive down to Decatur to pick the little one up.  She showed me
where she found it and there were several cavities in her shed that it could
have come from but since she had not seen any parents coming or going from
the cavities, the decision was made that we could not return this little one
safely to the nest as we were not certain that any parents would care for
it.  They decided that they would like to give the  baby the name Hunter.  I
drove it back to Dr Pat's office and she contacted one of our falconers to
see if he would take it in.  Following is his assessment:

This little guy looks to be about 4 to 5 days old. Its just going into the
gray down stage, where he'll be more able to regulate his body temp. So for
now he'll be under lights to keep his body warm. And he'll be fed with
forceps until he can start picking food off of a tray.

Here is Baby Kbird 06062016. She has grown considerably in the 18 days that we have had her and she will probably be ready to go to the bigger flight pens next week where she will be placed with the other baby kestrels.  She will stay there until we are certain that she can catch and eat live prey and we need to make sure that she is fully conditioned for flight.

2 July 2016
This female American Kestrel was tearing up her own food at the falconers so she was returned to our bigger flight pens on July 1st and was placed with the other baby kestrels that we currently have.


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