Tuesday, February 07, 2012

St. Nicholas Kestrel

It was lots of fun watching the resident male kestrel hunting up and down St. Nicholas Ave.

This stoop on some starlings missed, as did these of him attacking sparrows from above.

Guess that's why they go for the migrants when they are here. Resident sparrows, starlings and house finches are hip to the game and make for tough quarry. They also have to contend with other raptors like this Cooper's. These hawks will prey on kestrels as well as pigeons, so he gets run out by the vigilant adult.

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