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Thursday, December 07, 2006

American Kestrels-the pole sitters

It seems to me that American Kestrels are examples of how birds can adapt to human modifications of their natural environment. Many American Kestrels that I see are sitting atop a post, either fence post or an electric power line post. Since we humans have placed these at frequent intervals alongside roadways, it increases the chances that these birds will be seen.

This male kestrel was, indeed, sitting atop a fence pole along a county road near Penrose. I thought the pic of him looking straight into the camera was engaging. Their rufous colored feathers are nicely framed by the bluish gray wings and head. This bird was fluffed out a little as the temps were starting to fall from the high in the 40's.


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