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Meet an American Kestral August 25, 2010

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Birds, Columbus Junction.
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Female American Kestral

American Kestrals are the smallest and most common of North American falcons. They are year-round residents in Louisa County, Iowa and have recently begun hanging out near the roads, where you’ll be able to see them until nesting season next spring. This bird is one of three that live just southeast of Columbus City on the road to Wapello.

Like hawks they’re sharp-eyed and wary. I got this picture by sticking the camera out the window of my truck on a slow drive by. The result won’t win any awards, but it’s enough for you to see their distinctive head markings.

The red-brown wing feathers indicate this bird is a female. Males have blueish grey wings.

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