06122017 American Kestrel - 1

Location of Rescue: 
Fort Wayne
Admission Date: 
UPDATE: 08/12/2017 After about two months of recovering at our facility, this kestrel was found to be healthy enough to catch live prey! She was released at Moose Lake, IN on August 12, 2017.

This young female kestrel was found just sitting on the ground between 2 parked tractor trailers by Adams Center & Moeller Road.  The truck drivers, who work for SAIA LTL Freight, noticed the bird and were kind enough to delay pulling out for fear of hurting the bird.  In swooped Max, one of their co-workers and a bird lover to boot, to try and contain the bird.  Just before he was able to capture her, she got startled and hopped away.  Then in an attempt to fly away, she smacked right into the side of one of the trailers and was momentarily stunned.

This gave Max just enough time to rescue her.  He place her in a box and even sacrificed one of his own shirts to cushion the bottom of the box and help keep her warm.  His mom works with one of our Soarin’ Hawk volunteers, so she knew who to call when her son told her about the bird.

Thanks Max for being the bird lover you are and helping this falcon.

Fortunately, she is doing well despite being stunned and a little thin. She was transported to one of our home rehabbers who set her up in a comfy crate and fed her well.  As long as she can tear up her own food, she can join the other kestrels at the pens. 

At this time, she is being transported to the pens.  After a couple of months of being fed and exercised, we will make sure she can catch live food and then it’s time to be released.

This is a healthy immature orphaned American Kestrel.  She is currently in a big flight pen with 12 other orphaned kestrels!  She is flying well.  Later we will make sure she catches live prey before being released.

After a couple of months of being fed and exercised, we will make sure she can catch live food.  Then, it’s time to be released!

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