The American kestrel is North Americas smallest falcon and the second smallest falcon in the world.
A pair of bald eagles have been successfully nesting at the Refuge since 2002.
Burrowing owls migrate to the Refuge every summer and raise their young in abandoned prairie dog burrows.
Seen at the Refuge in the winter months, ferruginous hawks are one of only three raptors that have feathers on their legs extending to the toes.
Mallards are the most common species of duck seen at the Refuge.
Northern harriers, also called marsh hawks, use their sense of hearing instead of sight to locate prey.
Red-tailed hawks are seen at the Refuge year round.
Red-winged Black Bird
Red-winged black birds are a common sight along the cattails of Lakes Mary and Ladora.
The Swainson’s hawk is the Refuge’s farthest migrating bird flying from as far as Argentina each summer.
The song of the western meadowlark is commonly heard throughout the Refuge’s short-grass prairie.
Page Photo Credits Great Horned Owl - © Michael Mauro, American Kestrel - Susan Drobniak/USFWS, Bald Eagles in Tree - © Rich Keen/DPRA, Burrowing Owl with Open Wings - © Shattil/Rozinski, Ferruginous Hawk - © Dave Showalter, Northern Harrier - © Dave Showalter, Red-Tailed Hawk - Susan Drobniak/USFWS, Red-Winged Blackbird - © Pete Goonis, Swainson's Hawk - © Michael Mauro, Western Meadowlark - © Shattil/Rozinski
Last Updated: May 17, 2013