The slender American Kestrel is roughly the size and shape of a Mourning Dove, although it has a larger head; longer, narrow wings; and long, square-tipped tail. In flight, the wings are often bent and the wingtips swept back. It is the most common falcon in North America. American Kestrels are pale when seen from below and warm, rusty brown spotted with black above, with a black band near the tip of the tail. Males have slate-blue wings; females’ wings are reddish brown. Both sexes have pairs of black vertical slashes on the sides of their pale faces—sometimes called a “mustache” and a “sideburn."
American Kestrels occupy habitats ranging from deserts and grasslands to alpine meadows. You’re most likely to see them perching on telephone wires along roadsides, in open country with short vegetation and few trees.
Spotted on a telephone pole in an uncultivated area next to a mining operation in Kennesaw, GA; there was another kestrel in a nearby tree that I did not get a picture of as it flew away too quickly. I saw this or another kestrel in the same place 2/28/13
Lat: 34.02, Long: -84.58
Spotted on Mar 6, 2013
Submitted on Mar 7, 2013