Date: 12/21/17 3:44 pm From: Jeff Lewis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: American Kestrel with large prey
Today at work I heard a bird in agony and saw our winter resident American Kestrel flying away with a dark bird that was about 3/4 its own size. The kestrel was struggling to stay airborne but managed to make it to a high snag where it plucked feathers for a bit and then flew off. I never did identify the prey, but suffice it to say I had never seen a kestrel with such a large catch! By the way, the kestrel is roosting at night up under the eaves of one of our buildings.