Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

The Kestrel is a familiar sight over the Common as one can often be seen hovering as it looks for its prey. Whilst doing so it will keep its head perfectly still as it pin points the location of its next meal which usually consists of small mammals.  Kestrels can be seen on Hartlebury Common all year round.

The male kestrel has a grey head with a rufous brown back and creamy underparts that are streaked black where as the female looks similar but for its head which is not grey but the same colour as its back.  An example of a Kestrels call can be heard at the following link:

Kestrel Call