While recently walking at The Lexington Arboretum, I noticed a bird high in the trees. The zoom on my camera allowed me to get a closer look, and I was delighted to see it was an American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), sometimes called a Sparrow Hawk.
These are one of our smallest hawks – about the size of a Mourning Dove. I’ve often seen them in flight, however this was my first chance to get a closer look. I love its speckled breast and black ‘sideburns’.
I enjoyed watching this bird, and at times it also seemed to be watching me. Perhaps it was looking for my sideburns? 🙂