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American Kestrel

Falco sparverius


Note the short tail of this young bird that is not quite ready for full flight.


Fledged from a nest in a large, limestone-faced building on a 16-acre campus of government buildings.


This young Kestrel has just fledged from its nest at the West Virginia State Capitol building (photographed in this spotting: ). While on the ground and getting its bearings, it was mobbed by Blue Jays and American Robins. The parents were observed mating in mid- to late-March that spring.

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Charleston, West Virginia, USA

Lat: 38.34, Long: -81.61

Spotted on Jun 10, 2008
Submitted on Dec 13, 2013

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