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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mar.26(W) Want to attract a Kestrel? Get a Wood Duck birdhouse.


 
American Kestrel

A Wood Duck chooses a nest site near water, clearly. But if you’re not near water, but within about half-a-mile of a grassy field or meadow, the same birdhouse, with the same sized hole, is likely to attract an American Kestrel. It’s a beautiful, small falcon that wreaks havoc on mice and large insects near its nest.

 


UPDATE      A U.S. Federal Court has ordered the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect migrating birds from colliding with communications towers (cell phone, television etc.) Each year, between 5- and 50-million migrating birds are killed by collisions with towers with steadily burning lights. Those applying for tower permits from now on must comply with existing federal regulations protecting birds.



 

OWEN YOST, in addition to being a blogger, is a licensed Landscape Architect emeritus who has lived and worked in north Texas for over 30 years. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Federation of Landscape Architects, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. His office is at Yost87@charter.net in Denton.

 

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