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Wes, American Kestrel
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Wes, the American Kestrel Falco sparverius

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Wes Wes the American Kestrel and his sister Ella are imprinted on people, confiscated from someone in Helena that had them as pets, against the law. They share a large enclosure with limbs, shelves and a tree. Both are hand fed mice, generously donated from a genetics lab, THANKS! The kestrels are particularly vocal, alerting us when wild Bald Eagles fly through the yard. "Killy, killy, killy..." Wes was the star at a recent school assembly in Missoula for 300 elementary-aged zoologists. He and his sister are named after jazz-heroes – Wes Montgomery is “the gold standard” for guitar!

Being so talkative comes in handy when he accompanies me for our bi-monthly visit to Montana Public Radio, Childrens' programming. On the daily hour of the show Pea Green Boat, host Annie Garde describes our birds for the listeners and a discussion of kestrels with Wes. He never disappoints with a trill, chirr of even killy, killy. Yes we really do have live birds on the radio.


  • Date Acquired: 12/18/2013
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