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American Kestrel | by thruthelookingglass
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American Kestrel

©2009 Susan Ogden-All Rights Reserved

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Today we had a guest speaker at school. His name is Jonathan Wood, and he travels the USA with his collection of Education Birds...all birds of prey. He lives most of the year in a large RV as he travels with his family, presenting his birds and educating children and adults about these beautiful creatures and their habits. He explains that there is a need and a purpose for each of these birds in nature's plan, and for an hour he captivated the children ages five to 11 and their teachers with examples of the different types of raptors.

i am well versed in these gorgeous birds, as i used to band them for the Federal Gov.t bird count, to keep track of the rise or decline of the different species. I have had the privilege and honor to handle everything from a kestrel to a golden eagle, all caught, banded and documented, then released back into the wild. The last time i was able to go along and do this, i was 8 and a half months pregnant with my first child...and my friend John was VERY reluctant to have me go with him...made me get a doctor's consent (hoping my doctor would say NO, i'm sure!! ) He survived without having to deliver her and i had another fabulous day on the mountain, sighting, luring, catching and documenting these beautiful birds...something i hope to become re-involved with when i retire from my job. This fellow is the smallest US Falcon,,,just 9 inches long with a wingspan of 22 inches and weighs only about 4 oz! He is one of my favorites...his markings and coloring are incredibly beautiful.

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Taken on May 28, 2009