Kestrels are among my favorite birds, partly because of their richly colored plumage.
For the past week or so, however, while driving, I have been seeing a very pale male kestrel perched on roadside utility lines in the N. Williston-Jericho area. (And think it safe to assume I am seeing a single bird.)
My copies of Sibley 1st ed. and NG 2nd ed. show only deeply colored kestrels, such as I am accustomed to seeing. But my Peterson 5th ed, p. 117, does show a pair of kestrels in subdued colors, and describes the male wing as "blue-gray," rather than blue.
Alas, the one time I was able to pull off the road and look for it with my binos, it had flown off.
Has anyone else seen a Pale Male (or female) Kestrel? Any comments?
P.S. if this is double-posted, I apologize. Microsoft has just screwed up my computer with one of their automatic downloads.