A Song About Falcons

As a biologist who is studying American Kestrels, I’ve come to appreciate their beauty and aerial agility. Like other raptors, they do not sing but instead give a few distinct calls. There is a chitter call which occurs between a pair of kestrels and is often associated with mating. The whine call is done by the male when he brings in food for the female, who then whines until she receives his catch. Nestlings tend to whine a lot when they want food as well. Finally, there is the klee call, which is usually given when a kestrel is alarmed or excited. Yesterday I was thinking about klee calls, when a bright idea hit me and I was inspired to write another song parody. With apologies to Journey, here’s Don’t Stop Your Kleeing.

American kestrel with killAmerican kestrel flying

Don’t Stop Your Kleeing
(Sung to the tune of Don’t Stop Believing by Journey)

[Verse 1]

Just a city bird

Living in a lonely world

She took to flight that night going anywhere

Just a country bird

Born and raised near a cow herd

He took to flight that night going anywhere

[ Verse 2]

A bird sings out to break the gloom

Flowers bursting into bloom

For a call two can share a flight

It goes on and on, and on, and on

[Chorus]

Falcons waiting

Up and down the country road

Their keen eyes searching in the light

Street poles, bare trees

Places great for hunting rodents

Hiding somewhere in the night

[Verse 3]

Female hunting from the line

Little nestlings start to whine

Doing anything to get a bite

Of just one more bug

Some will eat, some will cry,

Some were born to reach the sky

Oh, the calling never ends

It goes on and on, and on, and on

[Chorus]

Falcons waiting

Up and down the country road

Their keen eyes searching in the light

Street poles, bare trees

Places great for hunting rodents

Hiding somewhere in the night

[Tag]

Don’t stop your kleeing

Even when you’re eating

Street poles, kestrels

Don’t stop your kleeing

Even when you’re eating

Street poles, kestrels

Don’t stop your kleeing

Even when you’re eating

Street poles, kestrels

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