Homer is a male Kestrel. Kestrels are unique among raptors in that there is sexual dimorphism: by looking at them you can tell the difference between the males and females. Kestrels are also some of the most colorful raptors. The tails of the males have one black stripe on the end; the females have black stripes all the way up their tail. Males also have a slate-blue head and wings and a rusty-red back and tail. Females are rusty-red on their wings, back and tail.
Homer was found in Churubusco in 2011. We will never know what caused his wing injury.
American Kestrels are also known as sparrow hawks. Kestrels will eat small birds as well as insects. Kestrels are a common raptor in Indiana. You can often find them perched on wires looking for their next meal! In some parts of the country, kestrel populations are on the decline. You can put up nest boxes to help the kestrels out!