Tania Barricklo-Daily Freeman
Zach Smith, an independant biologist with federal and state banning permits, gathered four American kestrel chicks from a kestrel box located on a Lamontville farm for the purpose of placing bands on their legs. Data will be collected about their behavior for the Ulster County American Kestrel Nesting Box Project which Smith founded. The data is shared with the American Kestrel Partnership in Boise, Idaho through the Peregrine Fund. Above, Smith holds a female chick on the left and male on the right, two of the four three week old chicks. The chicks were being closely watched by nervous parents who could be heard and seen nearby. The American Kestrel is the smallest of the diurnal (daytime) raptors in the falcon family which prey upon rodents, medium to large insects, and small birds. They are migratory and can be found in this area between the months of March and October, afterwhich they migrate to the south east of the United States.