The Kestrel suddenly appeared on a high tree over the marsh as I walked at the refuge this morning – what a lovely surprise! According to Florida Fish & Wildlife, the Southeastern American Kestrel (Falco sparverius paulus) is a permanent resident of Florida, whereas the common American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) that is found throughout the northern states is a winter migrant to our area.
The last one I saw was in May, and this little beauty showed up today, at the end of September . . . so who knows which one it is!? The Kestrel appeared skittish and seemed to watch my every move. Alas, he kept flying from tree to tree, until he finally flew too far away to see. I never got a close shot – maybe next time. . .