American Kestrel on a Streetlamp
I took the following pictures at dusk in a new housing development. I was trying to figure out what kind of bird this is while walking on Day Three Hundred Thirty-five of my “Walk Every Day in 2013” resolution. I kept shooting as I got closer and closer to the bird, until he had enough of me and flew away. Thankfully, because of the light from this streetlamp, I was able to determine that it is an American Kestrel.
My bird book states that it’s a fairly common bird, but I’ve never seen one before tonight. So even though these are not the crispest, clearest photos in the world, I do get to add the American Kestrel to my list of new birds that I’ve seen while out walking in 2013!