American Kestrel

American Kestrel
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento CA; JUN 2018

The American Kestrel is a small raptor; about the size of a robin. As you travel through rural, agricultural areas or open meadows, you might notice a small bird on a wire or pole. As you notice it, you may think: just another gray bird. But, if you slow down, you may be surprised by a beautiful little multi-colored bird. This small falcon eats lizards, insects and small birds. One of its hunting behaviors is fascinating to watch. It, will hover, flapping its wings, then dive down to capture its prey.

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American Kestrel
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; DEC 2018

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