Lucky for me, pigeons and starlings roost on the building across the street from my loft – this attracts kestrels, the smallest of all falcons, to come look for a meal right outside my window.
This week a young female stopped by and I was quick enough to get some pictures before she flew away. I like how the blurred bricks in the background surround her with soft pink – contrasting the rusty metal, her sharp talons and killer instincts.
Only kestrels are small enough to fit inside the pigeon nests…
Others will try, but are too large… this is a Red-Tailed Hawk:
This is a Cooper’s Hawk:
Big thanks to my apartment building management for agreeing to use a natural solution of pigeon control instead of poison. Today we installed a Kestrel nest box on the rooftop near where the pigeons perch and poop. Hopefully this nest box will encourage the small falcons to stay – and the pigeons to leave. You can read more about it on EcoRI.org
Kestrels will also assist in controlling the rodent population