This Kestrel falcon is likely one of a pair that had been here about a month ago. I snapped these pictures yesterday afternoon in my yard at the little farm in Tennessee. It sure was a cold day. I think that it was about 32 degrees F. (0 degrees C.) outside. It had snowed the day before and there was a crust of snow still on the ground. I took the pictures from my cozy living room because I did not want to disturb the bird and also because I generally dislike cold weather!
This bird is one of the smallest of the falcons. It is a bird of prey and eats small rodents, lizards, larger insects and songbirds. I no longer have a bird feeder up since I will be moving soon. I think that this bird had to really hunt to find a meal. It gave up after just a few moments and flew away. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!