Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Species
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus). Male. Taken at East Hendred Down, Oxon., on February 20th 2018.
Male. Taken at East Hendred Down, Oxon., on February 20th 2018.
(1/1250th sec at f10. Click image for larger version. . © David Hastings)
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus). Female. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon on December 27th 2013.
Female. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon on December 27th 2013.
(1/1000th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 31 - 37 cm; WS: 68 - 78 cm

The Kestrel is familiar sight with its pointed wings and long tail, hovering beside a roadside verge. The male has an unbarred blue-grey rump and upper tail. The tail has a wide, dark terminal band. Its head is a finely-streaked greyish colour, while its back and upper wing coverts are a deep chestnut with small black spots (more pinkish during the breeding season). The female has a brown rump and upper tail, with a wider tail-band than the male. The head is brownish with distinct streaks. The upperparts are warm brown, with barring rather than spots.

The Kestrel can be found throughout the British Isles.

Typically this is a species of open country, but it has adapted to more urban environments in recent years.

Kestrels are tree nesters, often in an old corvid nest. They will also nest in holes in buildings. There are about 37000 breeding pairs in Britain.

The Kestrel's conservation status is amber, owing to habitat degradation.

Sightings

16-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
10-Oct-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
09-Oct-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
27-Sep-2018 : Chimney Meadows, Oxon (1)
24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
20-Aug-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
18-Aug-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
07-Aug-2018 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
06-Aug-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
10-Jul-2018 : Greenham Common, Berks (1)
14-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-May-2018 : Rodborough Common, Glos (1)
26-Apr-2018 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
19-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
16-Apr-2018 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
15-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
14-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
13-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
11-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)
10-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)
22-Feb-2018 : Bury Down, Berks (1)
20-Feb-2018 : East Hendred Down, Oxon (1)
12-Feb-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
12-Feb-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)
11-Feb-2018 : Bury Down, Berks (1)
04-Feb-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
27-Jan-2018 : Shippon, Oxon (1)

14-Dec-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
30-Nov-2017 : Barnard Gate, Oxon (1)
25-Nov-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
23-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
21-Nov-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
10-Nov-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (1)
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
12-Oct-2017 : Morston Salt Marsh, Norfolk (1)
10-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (2)
04-Oct-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
20-Sep-2017 : Cheyne Weare, Portland, Dorset (1)
20-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (1)
19-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (2)
18-Sep-2017 : Lodmoor, Dorset (1)
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
31-Aug-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
23-Aug-2017 : Lollingdon Hill, Oxon (2)
03-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
23-Jul-2017 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (3)
24-Jun-2017 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
12-Jun-2017 : Croatia
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
21-May-2017 : Abingdon, Oxon (1)
14-May-2017 : Rodborough Common, Glos (1)
13-May-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-Apr-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
19-Mar-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
15-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
14-Jan-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
13-Jan-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)

24-Dec-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
03-Dec-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
06-Nov-2016 : La Janda, Spain (1)
05-Nov-2016 : Trafico, Spain (1)
03-Nov-2016 : Montejaque, Spain (1)
03-Nov-2016 : Embalse de Montejaque, Spain (1)
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
22-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
08-Oct-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
18-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
29-Aug-2016 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (2)
21-Aug-2016 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (2)
14-Aug-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (1)
22-May-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
03-May-2016 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
20-Apr-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
05-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
03-Apr-2016 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
07-Feb-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
16-Jan-2016 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)
09-Jan-2016 : Lower Radley, Oxon (1)

20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
08-Nov-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
23-Oct-2015 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (2)
22-Oct-2015 : Snettisham, Norfolk (1)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-Aug-2015 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
16-Aug-2015 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
30-May-2015 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
25-May-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon
17-May-2015 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (1)
17-May-2015 : Stockbridge Down, Hants (1)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Apr-2015 : Durdle Door, Dorset (1)
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon (1)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
05-Mar-2015 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (1)
01-Mar-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
21-Feb-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)

20-Dec-2014 : Hackpen Hill, Oxon (2)
09-Nov-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
14-Sep-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
23-Aug-2014 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
09-Aug-2014 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (2)
01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (1)
20-Jul-2014 : Finemere Wood, Bucks (2)
25-Jun-2014 : nr Mirkovo, Bulgaria
20-Jun-2014 : Arda River Dam, Bulgaria
18-Jun-2014 : nr Mirkovo, Bulgaria
16-Jun-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)
03-Jun-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
09-May-2014 : Bwlch-y-rhiw, Ceredigion (1)
06-May-2014 : Martin's Haven, Pembrokeshire (1)
05-May-2014 : LLandewi-Brefi, Ceredigion (1)
26-Apr-2014 : Rodborough Common, Glos (1)
13-Apr-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon
06-Apr-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
15-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-Mar-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
22-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
11-Jan-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)