Kestrel with breakfast
Quite a surprise to see this kestrel on our patio in the middle of suburbia. He swiftly dispatched a local rat and devoured it right before our eyes!
With a lack of food in the nearby countryside at the moment, kestrels are being seen more frequently in towns as they search for a much needed meal. Glad this one got his belly full.
The Common Kestrel is a bird of prey species belonging to the kestrel group of the falcon family Falconidae. It is also known as the European Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel, or Old World Kestrel. In Britain, where no other brown falcon occurs, it is generally just called "the kestrel".
This species occurs over a large range. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as occasionally reaching the east coast of North America. But although it has colonized a few oceanic islands, vagrant.. more