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Saw this guy in the Tetons this morning. My Merlin App gives me three possibilities.

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Going by the shape of the head and beak, I'd guess it's a Merlin. No visual clues as to size, so that makes it a challenge. Thought it might be an immature Coopers but the head/beak isn't right for that nor a redtail, sharp-shinned. Body shape/color doesn't look right for a red shouldered. A kestral has bigger/buggier eyes.
 
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Could be a juvie. Not every bird fits neatly into the catelogue. I'm kinda guessing by process of elimination. I can tell you better what it isn't! It's not an osprey, either! ;^)
 
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I suppose it could be a juvie sharp shinned. The head doesn't look right where it transitions to the beak but the color and tail feather patterns match decently. Would explain the eye color as well.
 
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I don't think so, they don't get the gray in the tail feathers until year 2 and by then the eye color is different. The head doesn't look right either, the goshawk seems to have a gradual slope to the beak, more buteo-like.
 
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You could always post it on an Audubon Face Book page, probably have an answer in minutes.
 
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