I have been watching the pair of bluebirds decide if they want to build in my backyard bluebird house. Sparrows are a deterrent right now but eventually the bluebirds will win. I saw something yesterday for the first time since I started bluebirding many years ago. I see red tailed hawks and kestrels flying all the time in a nearby field. Looking for rodents and other food. But they never come any closer.
Yesterday I looked out and there was what I believe to be an American Kestrel perched on the bluebird house. I panicked. They are beautiful but predators to the bluebirds. And still am not sure if it was the hawk or the kestrel. Either way, it was not a good sign. I could not see him up close to identify his beak, claws and tail. Even though the bluebirds have not made it their home yet, it was a reminder of what I have always read about. The hawks and kestrels both eat birds and the babies. It was huge. And before I could get the camera, he had flown into a nearby tree. This was the best shot I could get. I hope he stays in the field from now on.
I am continuing with the 365 Photos Challenge and I am now on Day 122.