Injured falcon returns to N.H. after rehab in Maine

Posted Sept. 23, 2010, at 6:19 a.m.

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Wildlife officials say a small falcon found a year ago at a New Hampshire landfill with damaged feathers has been released back into the wild.

The bird, an American kestrel, was found in September 2009 by Waste Management worker Michael Zarenski in a closed section of the Turnkey landfill facility in Rochester.

Zarenski, an avid bird watcher, tells WMUR-TV the bird had feathers torn right down to the skin.

He took the bird to the Center for Wildlife in York, Maine. Karen McElmurry of the center says the bird’s feathers were possibly burned.

McElmurry said American kestrels play an important role in the ecosystem — they eat insects and mice. She said the center gave the bird a safe place to recover and waited for his feathers to molt.