I saw an American Kestrel or at least I think that is what this dove-sized bird of prey is. If it is an American Kestrel, this is the first one I have seen. Kestrels are also formerly known as “Sparrow Hawks”. They are a small Falcon. This bird came around the yard five or six times yesterday. It mostly perched on the highest electric line and also in a tree near the lake across the road. The bird was a brilliant copper, grey, black and white in color. It had brown eyes. It also flew quickly.
The Crows really were riled up about the presence of the Kestrel or what ever other bird of prey this one is. Lots of “Caw-caw-caw” from the Crows but this little Falcon did not seem upset. This bird was intent on getting a meal from among the tiny songbirds around the bird feeder, lawns or lower branches of the trees. I did not see that it was successful. This bird also eats Grasshoppers and larger insects as well as small rodents such as mice. I took these pictures from my living room window and from my yard yesterday, Feb. 4, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!