Which American Kestrel is this, anyway?

img_5073 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!? img_5082The 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. . .

 

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