Raptor ID please

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Gale, May 29, 2005.

  1. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Not sure.
    Thank You

    44010861.
     
  2. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    Gale,

    IMHO....That's an American Kestrel (Falcon). Falco sparverius.
     
  3. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Gee Ken he was quite large. Hummmmm
     
  4. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    I "assumed" this was taken in Florida.... the closest I could find in National Geographic's "Field Guide to the Birds of North America", was the Kestrel - possibly a juvenile female.... but I also would not be surprised to find I'm wrong!

    Especially if this is a "larger" bird. The Kestrel adult is only about 10½" long.... My next guess might be a Cooper's Hawk, juvenile female....
     
  5. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Awww the copers hawk have been seen out in the Viera Wetlands, Florida. Also other hawks and falcons.

    Tough for me to tell.

    He was bigger than 10 inches though.
     
  6. I think its a Merlin, better check the Sibleys.
     
  7. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Thank You Harris,

    Guess I need to get one of those books.

    Looking foward to this coming week and seeing you real soon :>)))
     
  8. jfenton

    jfenton

    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    Gale

    Definetly looks like a merlin to me
     
  9. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Thank You Jim.

    Thats very exciting :>)))
     
  10. Made me get my bookie out, just bought one, been putting it off since the day I started shooting birds, my sis likes id'ing for me, but opened er' up, have to agree with the boys, Merlin it is............. very cool!
     
  11. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    The Merlin is on the same page as the Kestrel in my book, and is just 1½" larger (12 versus 10½) .... they are certainly similar ....
     
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