Kate Culhane

Kate is a naturalist with a Master's Degree in Ecology and a passion for teaching. She started watching birds for scientific and teaching reasons. She has experience surveying bird populations, prepping museum specimens, and teaching bird identification. In her personal life, she enjoys birding as a way to calm her brain and ground herself.

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) Guide

The American kestrel is a dapper and spunky little falcon. I view kestrels as the most charismatic of the raptors—these birds are brightly colored, easy to spot, fun to observe, and to top it off, downright adorable. As such charismatic birds, kestrels have accumulated several affectionate nicknames through the years: “windhover,” “killy hawk,” and “grasshopper

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