Last Sunday morning we received a call from a concerned member of the public.
He had found an injured bird of prey on the Friday and brought him home.
The bird most likely got into difficulty while hunting along a grass verge at the side of a busy road.
The man voiced his concerns about the bird as he had been trying for days to get local rescues to help but unfortunately they were not able to.
He was then given our number and we of course said we could help. I was very worried about the health of the bird as it looked like it was injured and had gone without food and water for a couple of days.
After a couple of hours of trying to arrange transport from Tipperary for the bird, through Facebook a lovely lady said she would help bring him as far as Carlow and Peter, one of your volunteer, completed the journey.
The bird was very dull and quiet.
We gave him some fluids and pain relief and then placed him in an incubator.
After two days the male kestrel was stable enough to be transferred to a wildlife specialist vet in Dublin. He took radiographs of the bird and found he had a badly broken humerus in the right wing.
The bones had also become infected.
The vet operated on the wing and placed a metal pin to help fix the break. The kestrel is now back at the shelter and is doing well post op. He is on a course of antibiotics and cage rest for six weeks. It won’t be until then, will we know if the wing has healed correctly. All the signs are good though for this beautiful bird of prey to return to the wild in a few months’ time.