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American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

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


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
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Members' Notes:


On Mar 27, 2013, Chillybean from (Zone 5a) wrote:

The American Kestrels are regulars at our place, out in the country surrounded by row crop and grazing pastures. We made our few acres a habitat for wildlife of all kinds and this is one of the blessings.

We put up a nesting box early in 2013. After two summers of nest failures (eggs laid but not hatched), we built a new, deeper box and placed it further from the road, yet still along the same fence line. Because of the frequent in and out activity, we suspect there are young now, but won't be sure until we open up the box when they leave or the young Kestrels perch on the fence lines before dispersing. We wanted to place the box away from all agricultural activity, but we do not have a lot of space and wanted to keep it away from trees so we didn't have to deal with S... read more


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.


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.