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A Small Bird of Prey

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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!

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Comments on: "A Small Bird of Prey" (12)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    i love these little guys. we have one that hangs around our highline wire every winter.

    • Hi Theresa, I did notice that like what you have described, the bird did stay on the highest wire of the several lines. Have a great day and thanks for your helpful comment. I always enjoy your comments here!

  2. Great pictures of the Kestrel, Linda. I don’t think I have seen one around our area. They must love the highwires…

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, This area is so rural that it would be a good spot for a bird of prey to live in. By the way, I saw the hen Kestrel this afternoon. So, maybe the pair will move in. Who can say? Have a wonderful evening and enjoy the warmer weather.

  3. And I AM enjoying!!! Right down to the yellow feet and the black line through his eye!!! I had to click on each one. i DO admire your wonderful flight shots, this is a very hard thing to do for me!! Wonderful captures of a rare bird, bravo!!!

    • Hi Ginny, Thank you so much! I do try. This bird is really interesting and beautiful. Saw the mate to this bird today flying with the other but did not get a picture as they are very very fast! Have a super Wed. tomorrow!

  4. Really cool to see them! They are very pretty birds!

  5. Cool sighting of the Kestrel! They are neat birds and I usually see them sitting on the wires about the streets. Have a happy day!

  6. Beautiful! Especially the in-flight ones. You caught the flare of the tail so nicely. We put up a Kestrel box when we had a male and female around here last winter, but they moved elsewhere. They are not so regular this year- maybe because it is acting more like winter. We appreciate they eat mice.

    • Hi Birding Bunch, Many thanks! I enjoy watching birds in their natural state and prefer to take pictures of birds away from the feeder when possible. Have a wonderful day!

  7. How lucky to have a pair hanging around, I hope they do decide to take residency around you! 🙂 Your capture of the male in flight with wingspan is awesome, kudos!

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