American Kestrel
Falco sparverius

The kestrel ( Falco sparverius ) also known as the sparrow hawk, is the smallest of the falcons.  It is quite common in this area.  It hunts in parks, lawns, and other open areas.

Kestrel, Falco sparveriusThe kestrel prefers high, open perches from which it can search open areas large insects and other small prey.  They are often seen hovering, waiting for an opportunity to swoop down on the prey.

Kestrel, Falco sparverius Here the hawk is watching me because I have been slowly moving closer in order to get a better  picture.

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