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American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Common in Kittitas County, utilizing open habitats from steppe to dry-forest zones. Much less common locally in higher mountain forests up to tree line in openings including meadows, burns, and clearcuts, primarily on Kittitas County side of Cascade crest. Uncommon and local in agricultural areas, clearcuts, and remnant meadows throughout King and Island Counties, but apparently absent from Kitsap County. Kestrels use tree cavities, nest boxes, or cavities in cliffs for nesting, and may be limited by their availability.

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