Raptor Wednesday

On Sunday morning, there were five American Kestrels on and off the solar building, which is about one-third of the way down the block from here. Two males, three females. In this pic, there’s a male on the left. There are two females on the chimney, and another female on the far right pipe.
On Monday morning, there were an astonishing five females!
Five plus one male. Are all these females siblings? I would expect the mother to be hunting like mad and not perched with her chidden.

One of the female fledglings on our roof.

I wonder what they think about the fireworks? Saturday night was the worse night yet, launched from nearby in the park and from right across the street, an intermittent barrage from 10pm until 3:30am. Bursts could be seen through closed eyes.

3 Responses to “Raptor Wednesday”

  1. 1 gkleing3 July 1, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Wow! That’s a lot of kestrels!! Beautiful Raptor’s.
    Now about those fireworks. I live in Suffolk county, the ozarks of downstate New York. Fireworks have always been a problem here starting as early as May ending when they run out of ammo I guess. I’ve called Suffolk County PD many, many times. Starting because I had babies that I wished to get to sleep, please! Then because I had noise phobic dogs who suffered very much from the explosions. In the beginning I hunted down the perpetrators and give the cops the exact locations. Sometimes I waited and watched for their arrival. THEY NEVER EVER CAME. Well, once they came to my house the next day to take my complaint. So my point, and I do have one, is maybe Because of your “better” zip code and mayor under many stresses, you may get some relief from the barrage. I hope so. So far it’s been 40+ years for me and I’ve given up hope.
    I love your posts. Read them every day.

  2. 3 NJUrbanForest July 1, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Wow, that’s amazing! I’ve only ever seen one American Kestrel and that was by the lake in Central Park!

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