A female American kestrel taking flight at the Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington, Texas.

American Kestrel - Female in Flight

American Kestrel - Female in Flight

Wikipedia has this to say about American Kestrels:

The American Kestrel hunts by hovering in the air with rapid wing beats or perching and scanning the ground for prey. Its diet typically consists of grasshoppers, lizards, mice, and small birds. It nests in cavities in trees, cliffs, buildings, and other structures. The female lays three to seven eggs, which both sexes help to incubate. It is a common bird to be used in falconry, especially by beginners.