Arrived at Lakeside Nature Center on May 30, 2018.
This American Kestrel
was found on the ground by a member of the public.
It was very young and
was still considered a nestling and should have been in a nest
with the parents.
It is always a first
goal by Lakeside staff to return nestlings to the parent nest or
a substitute nest when possible. Because no nest or parents
were found, and because the public had kept her for about a week
at such a young age, she was imprinted and the center determined
it was best to keep the bird. Often times young are placed
together or with other education kestrels in preparation for
release. At that time the center did not have any other kestrel
babies for joint rearing so staff placed her with Cisco, the
It is presumed that
Cheetoh is a female based on her feather coloration.
information on American Kestrels, check out the