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American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Falco
Species: sparverius


1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mesa, Arizona
, British Columbia
Huntington Beach, California
Stanton, California
Sunland, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Mims, Florida
Titusville, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Madison, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
West Monroe, Louisiana
College Park, Maryland
Conway, Missouri
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Bend, Oregon
Gold Hill, Oregon
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Dayton, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Walkerton, Virginia
Lander, Wyoming

By NM_Jane
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By Methodical

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Member Notes:

Neutral raisedbedbob On Jan 15, 2010, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA
(Zone 7a) wrote:

This falcon's population seems to be decreasing for no apparent reason. On our Christmas count this year covering 4 counties and 2 rivers, only one was reported - a record low.

Neutral lauragene On Jan 16, 2013, lauragene from Lander, WY
(Zone 4a) wrote:

This beautiful little falcon visits my land almost daily in winter, when insects are dormant, occasionally taking small birds drawn to neighborhood feeders. We had a difficult drought in summer 2012 that devastated the grasshopper population, and the kestrel's scouting of the feeders seems to have begun at that time. Local birds are acutely attuned to the kestrel's arrivals and departures, and I can usually spot kestrel if I watch for the explosive scattering of the finches.

Positive Chillybean On Mar 27, 2013, Chillybean from Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a) wrote:

The Kestrels are regular visitors to our place. We think we lost a male who was trying to nest here, but another pair are here with an interest in the box. Yesterday, my husband overdid it with the flashing on the pole, but we want to make sure it is safe for the nesting pair. The other birds do not seem much worried about the Kestrels and based on the pellets we've found, the Kestrels seem to be sticking to rodents. Though I would be much pleased if the Kestrels developed a taste for House sparrows.

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