Rare Raptor Crashes in Radford, Virginia

Falcon A Merlin falcon perches on a branch. Earlier this month, a young Merlin falcon made a crash-landing in Virginia, a location where the species is usually not found.
Image Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

A small falcon species made a rare visit to Virginia earlier this month, and literally arrived with a bang. A young Merlin falcon (Falco columbarius) that crash-landed was found and taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Radford, Virginia, where it was treated for a right ulna fracture and dislocated wrist. Merlin falcons don’t typically live or breed in the area, and this particular bird was likely migrating north for spring when it either flew into something, or something hit it. Read more about it in The News Virginian.