I remember once writing something along the lines of there being nothing quite like a blog to make your ignorance glaring and public. It is as true today as it ever was.
Much better views today, including the one in that unmistakable top picture. It's a Kestrel. It's still rather cool, but it's a Kestrel.
Glad I didn't post it on birdforum or anything. How embarrasing would that be?