This little thing was sitting right next to the shop very near the fetching field of play. Delia noticed it first.*
We didn't know what type of bird this is, so I posted on the Cornell Lob of Ornithology Facebook page. But it was my own Facebook friends who answered: juvenile male American Kestrel!
I guess whatever it was that brought him to the ground next to our shop was his end. There is only one small window on the shop, but perhaps he hit it. This is the first kestrel we've seen, but I guess that doesn't mean there isn't a nesting site nearby. He was so pretty and I'm sad he didn't make it.
I started this post before I found that he had died and I hesitated about going ahead with posting it. Then I remembered how death is as much a part of observing wildlife as any other part and that living in the forest also means sometimes experiencing the deaths of the creatures of the forest.
*And all she did was sniff it, look to me, and then continue on with her fetching. Good girl, Delia!