After what feels like a very long winter this male is a refreshing splash of color. The vibrant shades really stand out in this part of the year. The view of the bird against the building and compared to branches shows you how small they are as well. We tend to think of the raptors as sizable predators but this tiny falcon would easily fit into your hand. I mentioned cleaning out those boxes - at Stratford Point we will once again be fighting an uphill battle against European Starlings in order to give the kestrels a chance to nest in a box on the site. It is very difficult to accomplish in a coastal suburban region but we will give it a go while hoping that we can avoid too many disruptive spring storms as well.
Photos by Scott Kruitbosch © Connecticut Audubon Society and not to be reproduced without explicit CAS permission