American Kestrel in flight

This is a treat! I was browsing photos from my son’s spring passing league football game from the photographer who volunteers to take sideline shots. In between the various sweaty teenage boys were these two shots of my most favorite bird ever!

The American Kestrel is the bird that first caught my eye and got me studying first these little powerhouse birds of prey, but then all the other lovely feathered beauties. The Kestrel is not only an awesome hunting falcon, but it is truly one of the more gorgeous birds you will see.

Thank you Anna Scipione for spotting this beauty and pausing to take a couple of magnificent shots of him!

The slate blue on the top of the head means this is a male kestrel

So sleek and gorgeous! He’s only about a foot long from beak to tail tip.