American Kestrel Falco sparverius

An extremely rare vagrant to the UK from North America with just two accepted records. A sighting in Norfolk recently created some brief excitement until it was noticed that it was wearing a coloured plastic ring proving that it had escaped from captivity.

The following photos were taken from America where this species is common.

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American Kestrel, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas (Florida, USA), 21st April 2013

 

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American Kestrel, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas (Florida, USA), 20th April 2013

 

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female American Kestrel, Bartlett Park (California, USA), 5th May 2005

 

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male American Kestrel, SE Salton Sea (California, USA), 23rd April 2005

 

female American Kestrel (same bird as above), Bartlett Park (California, USA), 5th May 2005