An American Kestrel, North America’s smallest Falcon, along the trail at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park keeps a sharp-eye out for prey. It did not take long. Within seconds of landing on this perch it dived down into the grass for a moment before coming up with some small creature that it flew away with to eat on a distant pine tree perch.
A good place to see American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) is at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge during the winter. Kestrels, like this individual caught in the early morning light, love the cleared out citrus groves being rehabilitated to native habitat where there is limited cover making for easy access to the insects and rodents they love to prey upon. And though they may be North America’s smallest bird-of-prey, once called here the “sparrow hawk” because of their diminutive size, their […]