Mangia, little falcon!

This American kestrel was brought to VINS after being found orphaned in a barn. The kestrel is now a fledgling, but when he came into our care, he was too young to be on his own in the wild, so we took over as Mom and Dad kestrel. Watch a video of this little kestrel being hand-fed!

Kestrels are the smallest falcons in North America. You can often see them perched on power lines, waiting and watching for small birds and bugs to fly by so they can grab them out of the air and eat them.

We’ll continue to care for this young bird until he’s ready to go into the wild and survive on his own. 

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