Kestrels hover like mini helicopters over grassy fields where mice and voles tunnel and feed.
Are great for spotting small prey scurrying through the grass or popping up through the snow.
Deliver sudden death. Strong, clawlike toes pierce and crush prey in an instant.
Voles must eat their body weight in food every day to survive. Snow can hide them as they search for seeds, bark, roots, and dried berries.
Voles build systems of tunnels above and below ground. In winter, voles are more active during the day.
That kestrel is close, but the little vole dives under the snow. When the snow melts, look out! The kestrel wins, talons down.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill