Got home from seeing some friends at the E.G. Simmons camp ground & there he was by the front door. Falco was in obvious pain & distress with a drooping wing & a clenched talon. I reached down expecting to get pecked, I didn’t, he let me pick him up & put him on the back screened porch for the night. Found the phone # of the emergency vet. that we would head to in the morning. Got up started the coffee & went to visit my new little buddy who was in a corner looking somewhat pitiful. Got the Old School critter box from the garage to transport Falco to his new home far from Gibsonton.. He let me put him in the box without much fuss.
Where you Been?
Was greeted at the door with a” What you got this time Old School”? Falco Sparverious I said with a bad wing & talon. I did the paper work, said so long to the gang & my little buddy who was headed to Raptor Rehab. I will let everyone know how he does & when the coming home party is!
If you have observed a small raptor perched on a telephone wire or hovering over a sparse patch of highway median, around Old School Gibsonton then you’ve probably seen one of the most widespread falcons in North America the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius).
The generic name “falcon” and the genus Falco are derived from the Latin “falcon,” meaning “a hawk.
” The name refers to the falcate, or hooked shape, of the bird’s talons. Sparverius has a couple of derivations. One is from the French word “espervier,” which means “Sparrow Hawk.” The other is from the Latin word for “striped,” a reference to the pattern on the underside of the immature wing.
I Don't Know What Happened
A few Falco Facts
Kestrels are the smallest falcons in the Southwest and the smallest diurnal (daytime) raptor in North America. Their larger cousins include the Gyrfalcon; the Peregrine, Prairie and Aplomado Falcons; and the Merlin Falcon. The Gyrfalcon is a boreal species that rarely shows up below the 48th parallel, while the Peregrine, Prairie and Aplomado occur in the Southwest. The Merlin, like the Gyrfalcon, is a northern nester, but will pass through or winter in the Southwest during the non-breeding season.
The American Kestrelsports many common nicknames, including, for instance, Grasshopper Hawk, Killy Hawk (after its killy, killy, killy call), Short-winged Hawk, Windhover, House Hawk, Rusty-crowned Falcon, and, more commonly, Sparrow Hawk. Early ornithologists thought these small falcons preferred sparrows as their primary prey and named them the “Sparrowhawk.”
While kestrels share some similarities ��" for example, a hooked bill and sharp talons ��" with other relatives of the raptor group, they are in fact members of the Falcon Family (Falconidae), not the Hawk Family (Accipitridae). Their similarity to the Eurasian Kestrel is the source of the “kestrel” name.