THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - An injured falcon arrived at Auburn University Wednesday night where it will be nursed back to health, thanks to the work of the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association.
It's a bird that's extremely rare in South Georgia.
Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association Director Chet Powell is used to getting calls from rescuers who misidentify animals.
So when he heard there was a Peregrine Falcon in South Georgia, he didn't believe it.
Powell said, “A Peregrine was not even in my thoughts at that point. So it was a nice surprise.”
A coach found the injured falcon on the new Colquitt County High School baseball field in Moultrie Tuesday night.
The bird was taken to the Thomasville Animal Hospital to be assessed and receive fluids.
It suffered a broken wing, which is common with birds of prey.
Thomasville Animal Hospital Veterinary Assistant Jennifer Glover said, “A lot of times, these birds, they are looking for food. And they'll be so focused in on the mouse on the edge of the road that they will swoop down and get clipped by a car.”
The birds travel widely outside the nesting season.
After all, Peregrine means "wanderer."
And this guy chose to visit South Georgia.
Glover said, “Our best guess is that he was migrating south for the winter. He was either headed to South Florida or South America. So he had a long trip ahead of him, and unfortunately his flight is delayed.”
Rescuers were also able to save this Great Horned Owl.
Both birds were transported to Auburn University's Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center.
It was a three hour drive that Volunteer Janice Becker was happy to take.
Becker said, “I love helping animals. That is my heart. So I'm very excited to make this drive.”
Powell said if you find any wild animals to contact the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association's Facebook Page to avoid injuring yourself or the animal.