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.

Jeff Lewis
Manteo, NC

 
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