Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Kestrels and Wildflowers, September 25, 2013

This post is for ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wildflower Wednesday

Wild Bird Wednesday and ABC Wednesday
K is for Kestrel
American Kestrel
Birds of prey may be keep in captivity only if they are unable to survive on their own in the wild. This one, being cared for by Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation, has an injured foot.

September 6, 2013
Though sometimes called a Sparrow Hawk, the American Kestrel, Falco sparverius, is a Falcon, not a Hawk. It is the smallest falcon and the only Kestrel in the Americas. Their diet consists mostly of small mammals, lizards, and insects. Kestrels who breed in colder climates are migratory; those who breed in more moderate climates keep the same territory all year.

Wildflower Wednesday:

Wildflowers, Lee county, Mississippi, USA
When I saw these tall yellow wildflowers by the side of the road,
I thought they were probably Goldenrod.

Looking at stem and leaf characteristics helps with identification
I'm glad I stopped the car and walked over for a closer look.

Sunflower Tickseed, Bidens aristosa
Sunflower Tickseed grows wild in the eastern half of North America from the
Gulf of Mexico all the way north into Canada.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

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  1. Cool closeups of the Kestrel! It is a beautiful bird! The wildflowers are pretty. Wonderful post and photos!

  2. That kestrel is gorgeous! Raptor rescue centers do such an important job.

  3. What a fabulous bird! Great photos. If I had the space I would grow Bidens, it's so pretty and the critters love it. Happy WW!

  4. Beautiful bird. We hear hawks all the time around the house hunting.

    The longest yard sale is the 127 sale that is now 690 miles long

  5. Beautiful shots and kestrel is a great choice for K day. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

  6. Wonderful kestral photos and I love the Sunflower Tickseed, so appropriate for the season.

  7. What a beautiful bird and lovely pictures!!

    K is for ...

  8. What a pretty little bird. Great photos!

  9. Strong little bird!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  10. what a gorgeous interesting bird!

  11. What colorful plumage on the Kestrel! The Tickseed looks like a good fall bloomer.

  12. Nice looking bird - they used to be called "Wind Hovers" some years ago in the UK.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

  13. Good snarer! bird looking so cute..

  14. Very nice bird! I had the pleasure of caring for a wounded Kestrel several years neat to handle one~

  15. Love the pics of the kestel, and of the bee with tickseed.

  16. I've seen a Kestrel up close once in an exhibit on raptors--beautiful birds! Great photo of the bee on the tickseed!


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