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AMKE Saturday

The male of the #BrooklynKestrels pair. I don’t know why he has this gape in his chest feathers. It’s gotten bigger and more noticeable over time. Some commenters on Twitter suggested it was a brood patch for a second round of eggs, but it seems high up on the body for that. Also, as far as I can tell, this male did diddly on the brooding front first time around. And I’ve seen no copulation activity locally (doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened, but this spring it was front and center). Interestingly, the Friend of the Falcons reports that the Chinatown Kestrel pair have been copulating now that their fledglings are out and about. He’s been perching on the tall car service antenna down the avenue a lot again. This was his old perch from his bachelor days in January. He was rarely spotted here during courting and nesting. Conversely, he’s only been spotted once here on “the perch” atop the London Plane across the street (these pictures are from last weekend).

Every bird species is given a four letter code for banding/ringing record-keeping. Most are made up of first two letters of their official common name: AMerican KEstrel.

One More Time

Five #BrooklynKestrels outside the window can be overwhelming, even though I’ve never seen more than four at a time. The young ones don’t perch as long as the adults, at least not that I’ve seen. They’re much more, uh, flighty. This is one of the two female fledglings. Why yes, that’s right: she’s got a beetle. (It might be Paul?)Looks like a Green June Bug (Cotinis nitida), one of the big scarabs found this time of year in gardens and the like. Hundreds of them were flying low to the grasses at Bush Terminal yesterday.Did she catch it or was it given to her by one of the adults.

Continuing KWIR

Apres le bain, the sisters nipped at each other’s feathers, clawed each other, and bit each other’s bills.One was rather vocal, but in a much more subdued way than the parents. Now, another school of thought here is that the bird on the left is the adult female, the mother bird. But I don’t think so. Because a third female was perched in the distance at the same time. I think this is the mother. She’s gone back to old haunts on the solar building. The male adult seems to be on the big antenna again a lot, too.But back to these two. Note the pale feet; they get darker with age.
Sitzplatz.And fledgling calls.


Yesterday, all three youngsters went for a dip in a roof-top puddle. Birds bathe to keep their feathers in good order. Where they bathe is a good question. The water shouldn’t be too deep.  There should be some seclusion, since a waterlogged bird is more vulnerable than a dry one. Here’s one answer.I’ve always suspected urban birds of use roofs for their baths.

Note how one of the females snags the male’s tail with a talon. They are very nippy with the bills. too.

The Kestrel Week in Review

One of the female fledglings perched on The Perch made famous by her parents.Male fledging sitting. Have never seen the adults do this.Kneeling. Perching on one foot.Walking (a hulking hopping to be more exact).Speaking of perching: when thinking about American Kestrel habitat, always be sure to include plenty of places to perch. These are the two female fledglings.And water for bathing. More anon…

The Class of 2018

The nation might be on the cusp of something horrible, but we’ve still got American Kestrels across the street, so full falcon ahead! It looks like there are two females (one is above) and one male in this year’s fledglings from the bodega nest down the corner.All the festooning paraphernalia of Brooklyn’s rooftops…As always, clicking on these images makes them larger.The roof lets them cheat: they can walk/hop on it. They can all fly — this is approximately a block from the ailanthus where they were mostly taking shelter last week — but they’re still learning the finer points of being airborne. And landing. The male, in the middle, is actually sitting down. Have never seen that.The sisters. Sister and brother.

It’s primary day here in New York, as well as Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah, and Maryland. Details on all. More details on primaries here in New York City.Bonus shots from the Friend of Falcons in Manhattan.A male and female have successfully fledged.

Monday Kestrels, Of Course

Portrait of an American Kestrel.This is the male of the local pair. He’s missing a ragged chunk of feathers from his breast. Molting? Wear and tear? He’s always been a fierce gnawer when he grooms his front; he has frequently looked double-breasted, with cleavage, for want of a better word, right down the middle. This has helped me mark him out from other males. And now, fledglings to feed!
Here’s one them. Blobby russet streaks = a female (blackish spots for the male). Two female fledglings visited the London Plane across the street Friday about 7:30 p.m. (It was quite overcast, hence the very different look from the pictures of the male parent above, in brighter light earlier.) The mother kestrel, too, has been as busy as a raptor. She just delivered some food to her daughter before I snapped this one. The youngsters is in the foreground. The other female fledgling, same tree, same time as the feeding above.All these pictures are from Friday. It’s hard to keep up.


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