Rare bird of prey rescued in Rancho Santa Fe

Posted at 9:24 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 09:42:12-04

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (KGTV) -- A rare bird of prey was nursed back to health by the Rancho Coastal Humane Society's new San Diego Wildlife Center (SDWC) this week. 

The SDWC got a call Friday from a Rancho Santa Fe resident who saw an injured bird in her yard. When crews arrived, they found an adult White-Tailed Kite with blood in its nostrils and on the feathers surrounding its beak. 

Upon further inspection, they found no wounds or injuries, but took the bird in for observation. 

The bird was set to be released on Thursday or Friday but based on the screeching in the video, they determined that it was ready to be returned to the wild.  

White-Tailed Kites are named because of their behavior while hunting. They seem to hover like a kite on a string as they search for prey, the SDWC says. 

For more information about SDWC, to make a donation, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit them online or on Facebook. They can also be reached by phone at 760-621-6888.