I am so glad I decided to watch you! When I saw the thumbnail for this my heart stopped for a second! I hope to see one of these, mainly because apparently they were common in Montana, but I wasn't interested in birds at the time and I don't remember ever seeing them . It's a goal of mine to see one in Indiana, which according to my "birds of prey in the Midwest guide" they do live here. Any advice on finding any birds of prey?
Look for open fields. I live in Idaho, and we have kestrels everywhere, especially along the highway where homes have at least an acre of property, or full agricultural land, although I see them in town, usually near open lots with wild weeds growing so they can find bugs and mice. Just the other day, I had a kestrel flying alongside the car in the middle of town, in a residential neighborhood with a young starling in his claws! Kestrels will often hover over a field, or sit on power/ telephone lines watching the field below. Other hawks, like red-tails will perch in a tree (often a dead one, so they have an unobstructed view) overlooking a field. Or, watch for high, slowly spiraling forms.
Wow, guess what? I went on a road trip so I didn't have internet, so I didn't get this message until now, and guess what I saw? I saw my Kestrel! It was only a glimpse, but I saw it hovering!I also got to see a Northern Harrier.
Thanks anyways for the reply, it really is great to be in touch will fellow bird watchers