Jersey City Kestrel

  Dave Rotondi writes: "Late last Friday, I was sitting in my Jersey City conference room looking out at the last remnants of snow gently fall against the NYC skyline when who decides to eavesdrop on my meeting but a male American Kestrel!
   "He perched on a rail 10 feet from the window out of which I was gazing with his brilliant orange breast faced toward me and his head turned east toward the skyline. 
   "At first, I thought it was an American Robin ironically heralding spring as the seemingly endless snow died off, but he turned his head west toward Jersey City to reveal his Elvis Presley-like sideburns.
    "It was a very pleasant surprise to see this beautiful bird on such an otherwise unpleasant day…and in Jersey City of all places – way east of the famed Disposal "Raptor" Road! 
   "It was the closest encounter I had ever had with a Kestrel not in captivity – too bad I didn't have my camera.  It just goes to show you, you can bird-watch from ANYWHERE."  (Thanks, Dave!)

One thought on “Jersey City Kestrel

  1. julie mccall

    Coincidentally, I had a kestrel in downtown Jersey City yesterday (Saturday)! It took out a starling and screamed its way across the street, and after it moved out of sight into a yard, I heard an angry chorus of house sparrows protesting its presence.


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