This American Kestrel unfortunately knocked himself out on a neighbor's home. They asked me to come and see if I could do anything for it. When I picked it up it woke up and tried to nibble my fingers and claw at me. Because it showed some fight I was hopeful that it wasn't permanently injured. Unfortunately it continued to doze off and ultimately slumped over and passed away in my hand. As sad as it is, not often does one get to experience holding such a beautiful bird and seeing its colorful plumage up close.
I called The Peregrine Fund in Boise to see if they could use it for taxidermy and education. As it turns out, they have an abundance of Kestrels and this one could not be used. Bummer. From dust to dust.