Kestrel

Our knowledge of this species in Edinburgh is poor; however we do know that they bred at a number of sites in the city in the 1960s. Breeding sites include ledges on buildings such as churches and in 2005 a pair bred on a church in the centre of Edinburgh. The national population decline of this species as derived from the latest national Breeding Bird Survey data (see population trends from the Breeding Bird Survey on the BTO Web site) is a cause for concern.

Population trends according to the Breeding Birds Survey in Scotland from the BTO Web site.

Can this species colonise Edinburgh again? Your records of kestrels in Edinburgh will help answer this question. If you have seen this species in Edinburgh please report your sighting on the Sightings in Edinburgh page.

In flight the kestrel has slender pointed wings, a slender body and long tail. Only kestrels regularly hover for any length of time when the tail and wing feathers may be spread.

Click on the thumbnails below to see superb photos by Laurie Campbell and Lorne Gill, or click here to start a slide show:

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See the RSPB web site for more information on identification and ecology.