Daughter, Becky saw her 1st kestrel on Thurs., back at the barn on Ridge 
Rd. just so. of Spring St. Rd. where they've nested for an unknown no. 
of yrs.. I saw one on a wire on Spring St. near Frontenac Elem. Sch. 
(Union Springs) back in the winter. We also saw one near Half Acre in 
the winter.

BTW .. the Oregon dark-eyed junco continues here at our feeders & is 
more aggressive than when I first saw it on 1 Dec. 2019. Becky had seen 
it before that, not realizing it was not common here. Bluebirds are 
checking their dwellings. I have blocked the openings to keep male house 
sparrows from "fixating" on certain boxes & driving away other box 
nesters. Bluebirds won't start nesting here just yet & I already have 
put new, dry starter grass in the boxes. No tree swallows yet & they 
usually nest before bluebirds.

Yesterday we had our 1st large, noisy flock of ring-billed gulls 
overhead. More of the Un. Springs turkey vultures have arrived. Still 
have not found where they roost. Largest yearly no. has been 32 but so 
far we have only about 7.

Fritzie B.,

Union Springs

On 3/22/2020 12:58 PM, k...@empireaccess.net wrote:
> Yes, Kestrels are here year round. In fall the young disperse to 
> feeding territories which are widely scattered and , of course, the 
> adults get the preferred areas.
> John Gregoire
> On 2020-03-22 16:07, Johnson, Alyssa wrote:
> I was under the impression that they were present year round. I 
> noticed one back in February at the FL airport.
Alyssa Johnson
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