The American Kestrel is the smallest of the North American falcons. Like all birds of prey, the kestrel has strong feet with sharp talons and a powerful hooked bill. Kestrels typically tend to perch high and out in the open making them easy to see in open habitat. This female was recently observed along the woodland edge at the Crane Wildlife Management Area in East Falmouth. This time of year, kestrels mainly feed on grasshoppers and crickets. The female kestrel has brownish upperparts, buff colored and streaked underparts along with two dark facial stripes.
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