Thursday, July 9, 2015

A beautiful young man

Kestrels are one of the prettiest birds and are the smallest falcon there is. Previously called a Sparrow Hawk, they are aggressive hunters of mice, grasshoppers and, of course, small birds. This little fellow was found on the road to Valley Ranch up the Southfork, probably has been hit by a car. The very bad news is that the damage is to the tip of his wing and it's not repairable. It's also of long duration so the only solution is probably to remove that tip.

Of course he won't be able to fly again but these awesome birds are very excellent ambassadors in educational programs. They are sometimes rare to find so placing him shouldn't be a problem. Right now he's very thin so the goal is to give him enough groceries and gain strength to handle the surgery.

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