I came across this female American Kestrel a couple of weeks ago in a Denver area suburb. She was hanging out on a light over a busy street keep watch on a nearby field and golf course.
Kestrel’s are North America’s smallest falcon averaging only 8″ long. Both the male and the female have the distinctive striping across their faces. The female though lacks the colorful blue-gray plumage on the wings that the male has. You can learn more about this cool little raptor here.