06182017 American Kestrel
On 6/18/2017 Lana received a call on her personal cell phone from the son of Chris Batte. On 6/13/2017 Lana & I, had re-nested a young Kestrel on Mr. Battes property. A young dead Kestrel was found under the nest, by the son after a couple of days. The son decided to "rescue" the other baby, waiting to call Lana back asking if he could keep it. Lana called Dr. Funnel and Bob Walton for advise, then drove to the residence taking custody of the young Kestrel. The young man demonstrated how the bird had learned to sit on his shoulder. He also pointed out the dead Kestrel saying his Kestrel was found eating the dead one. The Kestrel appeared healthy but thin, keel about 1.5. . The Soarin' Hawk Call taker was also contacted.
This is a healthy immature orphaned American kestrel. It is currently in a big flight pen with 12 other orphaned kestrels! It is flying well. Later we will make sure it catches live prey before being released.