Female American Kestrel (Falco sparverious)
I have been watching for this small falcon in her favourite haunts since last spring when last I saw her. FINALLY on Sunday I spied her on some overhead wires with what looked to me like a young female. I guess motherhood has kept her busy.
Of course, I may have easily been passing her by mistaking her for the mourning doves that also frequent the wires from which she swoops down onto a grassy field to catch tasty morsels such as voles and grasshoppers.
Another small falcon I haven't seen for a while is...
Merlin (Falco columbarius)
a Merlin, about the size of a pigeon so not much bigger than a Kestrel.
This is not a super shot, but the Merlin wouldn't let me get very close. (This is a severely cropped photo.) I saw this little falcon twice and both times it was quite uncooperative.
The first time I saw the Merlin, it attacked and nearly took down a belted kingfisher. The frustrated Merlin flew up to a fence, then saw me and took off. The lucky (and wise) belted kingfisher found another place to hunt for lunch.
The second time I saw the Merlin, it was hunting dragonflies and caught several. I'm thinking dragonflies must taste crunchy like crackers or potato chips do to us. Or not.
I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE