South Texas Birding: The Kestrel Falcon

Understanding the Krestel Falcon.

The American Kestrels is the smallest falcon in North America, and also the most common and most widespread. They breed across the majority of North America, but not in South Texas.

They do spend their winters here. So most of them arrive in late September through early October and start leaving in March. You can find them in grasslands or savannahs, but secondary roadways in agriculture areas are the best place to look.

They typically perch on power lines, and hunt insects and small reptiles, birds and mammals.Breeding kestrels are declining across a large percentage of North America. To understand this decline we really need to understand survival and reproductive rates throughout the entire year. 

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