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Kirby was found as a fledgling in a workshop in Junction City, OR, in August of 2020. She was very thin, dehydrated, tired, and showed no fear of the wildlife hospital staff. She began begging for food from her caretakers and showed no recognition of the other American Kestrels with which she was being housed. Staff determined she was illegally raised by a well-meaning but uninformed member of the public. It is essential to seek out professional help if you find an orphaned, injured, or ill wild animal. As the smallest species of falcon in North America, these tiny predators can often be seen over open fields in the Willamette Valley bobbing their tails as they look for their favorite prey items such as small rodents, grasshoppers, and dragonflies.

Adoptive “Parents” of Kirby:

Cameron Oetjen & Kara Marten • Clay, Jan, Braeden, & Aubrey Jamieson • Jordan, Sarah, & Perrin Huppert • Susan Hilton

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