10062020-Peregrine Falcon-1-X

Location of Rescue: 
Elwood, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Broken wing
UPDATE: 03/15/21The decision was made to euthanize this falcon. We are legally only allowed to have a rehabilitation bird for 180 days , unless it shows sign of improvement. It was discovered that due to the stress of captivity it had damaged all of its flight feathers making release a very slight possibility. It was too high strung to make a good education bird, a situation which would have been very difficult for this species

Went on a call to a place called Elwood Indiana. Never heard of it before. It was an extremely small town with a feed granary next to it. It was also in the middle of a wind farm. The folks arrived shortly after I did and indicated they had kept the bird in a room in their house overnight. They also indicated to me that they wanted to keep it and I advised them they could not.


They brought the bird out and you could see it had damage to its left wing. We later identified the bird, thanks to our bird expert Bob, that it was a Tundra Peregrine Falcon, most likely migrating south. I informed them how to look up the bird on our website and gave them our brochures and business card. I informed them it was going to be checked out in our bird ICU. Nice folks.


I brought the bird in and it was triaged by Diana. It had damage to the left wing and bruising on the right wing. He/she has since been to the vet and it was determined that the break it had was healing nicely.


As always we hope and pray these little guys can be safely returned to the wild. Thoughts and prayers for you little guy.


Bill Oberg

10/11/2020 This is one feisty bird. It is not eating well on its own yet so we are hand feeding. The fracture in its left metacarpus did not need to be pinned. So it is wrapped to immobilize it until physical therapy can be started . We are hopping for a complete recovery thought it may take up to 4 weeks before the fracture heals

10/25/2020 Physical therapy on its wing has started. It has flown into the cage door with enough force that it has split open its chest area. It was taken to the vet for stitches. We have another two weeks until its fracture can be rechecked and stitches removed. It will stay in our treatment facility at least until then. We have started medication for pain and have wrapped and padded its chest area to eliminate any more injuries (hopefully)

11/1/2020 This young falcon continues to improve. It is eating well on its own and will have a repeat xray this week to determine if its fracture has healed well

11/15/2020 This falcon's xrays shows that the break is improving. It has been moved to an outdoor transition cage. Falcon's are very high strung and a small enclosure can be stressful for them

12/05/20 This falcon continues to improve. We are still monitoring its chest wound but its wing has healed nicely

12/16/2020 This falcon continues to improve. We are still monitoring its chest wound but its wing has healed nicely

12/24/2020 This falcon has been moved back to our treatment facility. It appears to have developed an infection . We have started treating it with an antibiotic

01/10/2021 We continue seeing improvement 

02/05/2021 We continue seeing improvement 

02/28/21 We are still concerned that this falcon is not flying as well as it should be. We will continue monitoring this


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