Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Beauty of the Kestrel

Often on a Sunday Peter and I go birding.  Today we spotted a Kestrel sitting on a telephone wire.   
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Kestrels are the smallest falcon and they have very sharp eyesight.  We watched this bird sit quietly looking on the ground for food.  All of a sudden he swooped to the ground and then flew to the top of a telephone pole with an insect.  He stayed there and ate his snack  – probably a grasshopper.  I enjoyed his feather patterns of peach, reds, gray, brown, and yellow mixed with beige. 
The Kestrel is the most colorful of all raptors.  He has a pair of vertical black stripes on each side of his face often called a moustache or sideburns.  He is most often seen in deserts and grasslands that extend to alpine meadows
I was reminded of the Kestrel we saw in the desert near Picacho Peak AZ.  We noticed a bird making several trips to one of the trunks of a dead palm tree.  Kestrels use other bird’s nests for their homes and this Kestrel probably had babies in the nest.  Quite an extraordinary sight!







Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Beauty of the Kestrel

Often on a Sunday Peter and I go birding.  Today we spotted a Kestrel sitting on a telephone wire.   
. 
Kestrels are the smallest falcon and they have very sharp eyesight.  We watched this bird sit quietly looking on the ground for food.  All of a sudden he swooped to the ground and then flew to the top of a telephone pole with an insect.  He stayed there and ate his snack  – probably a grasshopper.  I enjoyed his feather patterns of peach, reds, gray, brown, and yellow mixed with beige. 
The Kestrel is the most colorful of all raptors.  He has a pair of vertical black stripes on each side of his face often called a moustache or sideburns.  He is most often seen in deserts and grasslands that extend to alpine meadows
I was reminded of the Kestrel we saw in the desert near Picacho Peak AZ.  We noticed a bird making several trips to one of the trunks of a dead palm tree.  Kestrels use other bird’s nests for their homes and this Kestrel probably had babies in the nest.  Quite an extraordinary sight!