|Photo by Nature's Realm|
According to Cornell's All About Birds, the American Kestrel is North America's smallest falcon and the most colorful raptor.
Hunting for insects and other small prey in open territory, kestrels perch on wires or poles, or hover facing into the wind, flapping and adjusting their long tails to stay in place.
|Photo by Jack Chiles|
Recently, photographers have been posting a number of photos of this beautiful little raptor taken at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge on the Friends of Hagerman Facebook Page. So we had the kestrel in mind as our topic for the week - then we discovered that a North Texas writer, Renny Gehman has the cover article, on the kestrel, in the February, 2018 issue of Bird Watcher's Digest. Don't miss her five-page article, with excellent descriptors.
As Gehman points out, kestrels nest in cavities, relying on existing holes. They have one or two broods a season, with 4 - 5 eggs. According to Cornell, which offers box plans, kestrels take readily to nesting boxes, but you would be fortunate to have a nesting pair in our North Texas area, as they are seldom seen here in summer, per the Hagerman Bird Census.
|Photo by Win Goddard|