American Kestrel (male)

An American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) shown by Ms. Gabby Hrycyshyn, volunteer bird handler from The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia. This “teaching bird” has several disabilities that make it unsuitable for release to the wild. The kestrel flew head-first into a security window at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.; it was found unconscious on the ground. The kestrel sustained radial nerve damage in its left wing, and is essentially non-flighted as a result of the accident.

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The kestrel was one of several birds featured in a raptor demonstration at the Belle Haven picnic area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. The event was hosted by Friends of Dyke Marsh, National Park Service, and The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia.

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