A Bird in the Hand: American Kestrels
Baby birds are on the brain this week. I recently helped out with an American Kestrel nest box program and got some close encounters with the beautiful baby birds while checking their health and banding the ones who were old enough. Here are a few photos from that lovely day in the hills.
They are slightly too cute to band at this stage of development.
These siblings already have distinct personalities forming… though this may have more to do with the last time each of them were fed.
A young male Kestrel with his feathers growing in nicely.
Falcons are falcons regardless of age. Their feisty temperament and propensity to clamp down on the nearest finger is legendary.
This little guy shows a lot of promise. Here’s to all the baby birds who make it out of babyhood and beyond.
Baby Bird Week is our celebration of the young, the cute, the adorable, the twee. We certainly spend enough time on adult birds here on 10,000 Birds so we figured it would only make sense to fawn over the fuzzy bundles of fluff that grow up to become the objects of our fascination. Whether you seek out waterfowl, songbirds, or seabirds we will have baby birds to match your obsession.
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