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Falcon Suzanne -- I would see 10 or more of these, what I called a sparrow hawk, on my drives back and forth between Fort Worth, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sometimes they would be right next to the highway in the median, or in a tree close to the fence line, or on the fence. Twice I saw two on a fence only about four feet apart. The breast was more cream than this, but flying down the hey at 75 mph - who knows. But I loved their stoic beauty.
Once an endangered species in the United States, North American peregrine falcon populations have made a great comeback due to bans on usage of DDT and similar pesticides. Photograph by Michael Melford ..z
Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) chicks at nest on building, London.Picture: Bertie Gregory/2020VISION / Rex Features
chasinglinnaeus: Falco sparverius (American kestrel) Quite possibly my favorite bird species of all time. If I ever decided to get serious about falconry (and the mandatory 2-year apprenticeship) then this will be the bird, right here….obligatory Red-tailed hawks be damned.