Zeroing in on an American kestrel

Remember a few weeks ago when I urged readers to “check those blotches” carefully. Here’s the column for those who missed it. Basically, the column said that if something looks out of the ordinary in the distance, it should be checked out. It may be a plastic bag or mylar balloon stuck in a tree; or it may be a hawk, owl or something else of note in the tree.

I took my own advice the other day and checked out a small clump on one of the old windmills that grace the property at Happy Landings, an open space in Brookfield, Connecticut. Turns out, it was an American kestrel, a small falcon that is somewhat common throughout New England, but for some reason or another, I hadn’t seen in a while.

Here are three photos, each one getting a little closer to the “clump.”

Photo by Chris Bosak
A kestrel sits on a windmill at Happy Landings in Brookfield, CT, May 2019.
Photo by Chris Bosak
A kestrel sits on a windmill at Happy Landings in Brookfield, CT, May 2019.
Photo by Chris Bosak
A kestrel sits on a windmill at Happy Landings in Brookfield, CT, May 2019.

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