This is a male American Kestrel. Male American Kestrels typically have a rufous back and bluish-gray wings. Females tend to have rufous-brown backs and wings. American Kestrels are the smallest falcons found in the Eastern United States. This is a digiscope shot taken at approximately 160X.
Another shot of the male American Kestrel seen at Allegheny Front Hawk Watch on 28 September 2003. This individual made a pass at the owl decoy and then alit on the trees on the north point of the watch. It seemed rather mystified by the owl decoy and people on the ground around it. It checked the decoy and us out and finally continued on its migration south. This digiscope shot was also taken at approximately 160X.
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