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Kestrel Small Journal


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The following description appears on the inside cover of your small journal.


The American Kestrel is the smallest and possibly the most abundant bird of prey in North America. Like all falcons, it has large powerful eyes and a compact body with long, pointed wings designed for speed and agility. Look for this brightly colored falcon perched on telephone lines and fence posts bordering empty fields where it hunts for insects, small snakes and mice. The kestrel will characteristically sit watching the ground below while bobbing its head and twitching its tail.

Unlike other birds of prey, the plumage of the male kestrel is distinctly different from that of the female. Head and facial markings are similar but the shoulder of the male is blue-grey marked by black spots, while the female’s body is an overall streaked brown.

The kestrel can teach us patience; to recognize opportunities and act on them at the right moment. By understanding this enduring bird’s need and habits we’ll be able to accept their gifts to us, as we all learn to live together on this planet.

artwork by Linda Matusich

text by Kara Jean Hagedorn