Thursday, June 14, 2012

F = Falco sparverius aka American Kestrel

Today's study for both my 77 for $75 project and the Facebook project "Alphabet Minis" is an American Kestrel, the smallest of the falcon family.  They used to be called Sparrow Hawks. I've only ever seen them go after grasshoppers and cicadas but my field guide says they will go after small birds, mainly in the winter.  Their diet is usually insects, reptiles and small mammals.  I usually see Kestrels in farm country - about one per mile, always sitting on a telephone line while surveying their domain. 

274 - Kestrel
5" x 7" oil study on board, unframed
$75 plus $6 shipping within the U.S.

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