While driving around in the middle of nowhere somewhere between Marana and Tucson I captured this American Kestrel male.
Captured with my Canon EOS Rebel XS D1000
American Kestrel: Smallest North American hawk, has two distinct black facial stripes, rust-brown tail and back, slate-blue wings, black-spotted underparts. Eats bats, rodents, insects, frogs, small reptiles, and birds. Alternates several rapid wing beats with glides, also hovers. Soars on thermals.
Range and Habitat
American Kestrel: Breeds from Northwest Territories and Alaska east through Maritime Provinces and south throughout most of the continent. Usually winters north to British Columbia, Great Lakes, and New England. Preferred habitats include towns, cities, parks, farmlands, and open country.
The American Kestrel is the most common falcon in North America.
The females arrive first on their winter range and establish their territories in the preferred open areas. The males, arriving later are forced to use areas with more trees.
Nestlings squirt their feces onto the walls of the nest cavity. The feces dry on the cavity walls and stay off the nestlings.
A group of kestrels are collectively known as a " flight", " hover", and “soar” of kestrels.