Friday, November 27, 2009
An American Kestrel performing an arial display over the back field. Unlike larger raptors, this most beautiful raptor has adapted to man and can now be found in cities all across North America, where it feeds mainly on house sparrows. In the countryside, it feeds on insects, small birds and rodents, taking their prey on the ground rather then in the air. It is the most common falcon in North America and the most colorful. I observed a pair of them taking a dip in the bird bath last winter. I did take pictures but it was through the patio door and the screen door on the porch. If you do a "google" search you will be able to see these beautiful birds up close and read more about them.