Raptor Wednesday

There were sightings of an American Kestrel female all winter from the apartment, but in the last month she’s only been spotted once. About 10 blocks and two avenues away, however, I’ve lately come across a pair in courtship.

The nest site. American Kestrels are unusual amongst raptors in that they nest in cavities. There aren’t a lot of dead trees in the city, but there are a lot of rotting cornices.

Hardly looks big enough from down on the street, but on Sunday I saw one of the birds fly in.

Female with prey.

Tomorrow: another American Kestrel nest in Brooklyn.

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