Once our patient had recovered from the head trauma, he was examined for broken bones and monitored for more serious injuries. Window collisions can break or tear wings, and even those lucky enough to fly away unharmed may succumb later to internal bleeding. We were thrilled that the Merlin cleared his exams and was approved for release.
Most people don't associate birds of prey with the city, and imagine that the only safe place to release a raptor is in the woods. But Merlins do well in New York, and many other cities, because there is an abundant, year-round supply of house sparrows, their favorite prey.