Our smallest falcon, the Kestrel is also the most familiar and widespread in North America. In open country it is commonly seen perched on roadside wires, or hovering low over a field on rapidly beating wings, waiting to pounce on its prey. Kestrels nest in cavities in trees or in nest boxes.
This raptor perch was being used by two Swainson’s Hawks. The perch imitates a snag or a dead tree and invites raptors to hunt on your property. The trees you have on you property can be good nesting trees but perches give raptors a huge advantage while hunting. They will have good line of sight, a height advantage, no branches or leaves to encumber them, they will use less energy while hunting and therefore be more successful. They are extremely efficient hunters when the perches are strategically placed over ground squirrel colonies and in combination with nesting boxes.
The use of perches along with nesting boxes is a deadly combination for all rodents. The perches with attract the daytime raptors that eat ground squirrels, rattlesnakes and other rodents and also give the night time raptors a place to perch while hunting at night for gophers, mice and voles.