Yesterday morning I heard a “killy killy killy killy killy” sound coming from the treetops across the street. It sounded like this: (play sound file). My first guess was American Kestrel. My second guess was a local Blue Jay who does a good impression of a Kestrel.
I walked down the sidewalk to a break in the trees, so I could see the top of a neighbor’s spruce where Kestrels have perched before. The boys followed with their cameras, and this is what we saw:
So, mystery solved! One other thing: We had very few small birds at our feeder for the next hour or two.
Check these links for more information about American Kestrels: