One of the more colorful raptors found in the Central Plains states is the American Kestral. The bird stands about 9-12″ tall (roughly the size of a Mourning Dove) with a wingspan of 24″. Becuase of its relatively small size for a bird-of-prey, it is sometimes called a Sparrow Hawk.

Their main source of food is small rodents and insects. They are likely to be seen on telephone wires or fence lines.

This shot was taken at the Raptor Woodland Refuge at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

Thought for the Day: Common sense is not so common.

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