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Birders: Small Hawks #6382907
11/26/18 07:44 PM
11/26/18 07:44 PM
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Northwestern New York(Elder)
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While driving not far from home camera hunting for winter raptors this morning, I happened upon a male Merlin on a utility wire. It was a first of life species for my birding albums. Turned out to be a special near year's end prize for this 76 year old dude who has been camera chasing birds since 1972.

These are portraits of the small hawk in the share.

Jonathan

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Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6382944
11/26/18 08:04 PM
11/26/18 08:04 PM
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Richmond county N.C.
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Beautiful birds those hawks. Congratulations.


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Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6382968
11/26/18 08:17 PM
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They are one of the smallest falcons, thanks for posting!


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Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6382970
11/26/18 08:17 PM
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We've had one of those for over a year now. I call him sparrow hawk since he cleaned up a lot of English sparrows.
When he hits a mourning dove, it's high speed, low drag, poooof lol.





Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6382978
11/26/18 08:23 PM
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Those morning dove sure loose a lot of feathers when hit by a hawk or falcon. I think Kestrels used to be called sparrow hawk, but they to are falcons. Outstanding looking little falcons.


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Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6382980
11/26/18 08:25 PM
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NY
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Nice. I've seen them catch tree swallows before. They are incredibly fast little falcons

Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6382990
11/26/18 08:33 PM
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great pics, thanks for posting


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Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6383000
11/26/18 08:40 PM
11/26/18 08:40 PM
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Montana ,Rocky Mtns.
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Wonderful life list addition for your album , Jonathan .

Thank you for the share of such a speedy jet fighter smile

See you on the surface.....

Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6383137
11/26/18 11:05 PM
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Kestrels were called sparrow hawks back when I was a kid Merlin’s were called pigeon hawks

There awesome hunters well able to catch and take down larger game then most would expect



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Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6383138
11/26/18 11:07 PM
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Great Photos Jonathan!


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Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6383156
11/26/18 11:19 PM
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I and a friend saw one catch a bluejay this fall in the yard. The other bluejays went crazy when it was screaming.

Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6383162
11/26/18 11:32 PM
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I love hawks. A small cooper hawk has been coming around my neighborhood lately, it's refreshing. Some odd reason I've hardly seen the adult cooper hawk that usually visits once a week, then this young guy started showing up. Neighbor said it takes out doves and pigeons in his yard.

Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6383165
11/26/18 11:35 PM
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Very nice Jonathan. A glamorous predator and exciting addition to a life list. Our winter "raptor" around here is the Northern Hawk Owl, an interesting bird of prey with falcon-like wings. Perhaps it should've been named "Northern Falcon Owl. I wish I had a picture to share. Please keep it up.

Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6383458
11/27/18 11:42 AM
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Newark, Ohio 81 years
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Great shot Jonathan ….

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Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6383528
11/27/18 12:40 PM
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Way to go, Jonathan.


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Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6383564
11/27/18 01:17 PM
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Great shots and congrats on the find.

One of my favorite birding sites:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Merlin

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Kestrel


"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
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Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6383583
11/27/18 01:33 PM
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Great shots. I’ve had one at my deer stand picking off sparrows from the corn feeder. I almost posted about it last night. He’s a killing machine, and sometimes it appears to be just for fun. Yesterday he nailed 3 in a row, but took two about 70 yards out and just dropped them then came back to his perch. I’ve never seen a bird of prey kill for fun. We call them pigeon hawks


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Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6383585
11/27/18 01:40 PM
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Wonderful pictures.

Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6383621
11/27/18 02:59 PM
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Northwestern New York(Elder)
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Kestrels and Merlins are unique birds of prey in the falcon family within our group of hawks. The looks and actions of both species are nearly identical and can be a challenge to identify, unless you are able to see their plumage marking differences to sort them out accordingly with confidence. The Kestrels are in fact smaller.

I only see them while driving down the road sitting on the wires. If spotted far enough in advance, I can slow down and ease into a stop and attempt to grab a shot from my Jeep's open window. They are tough targets to photograph. As you can tell by the dates on the photos below, I don't get lucky very often.

These photos of the American Kestrel are added for reference. The species is commonly seen and more abundant in my area than the Merlin.

Jonathan

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Re: Birders: Small Hawks [Re: Jonathan] #6384041
11/27/18 10:55 PM
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Merlins are deadly killers. I was trapping along a beach late one fall when they were migrating south. I saw 14 of them perching on low snags near the beach and 11 of them were picking apart small birds. They allowed me to get pretty close to them. I am guessing that where they spend the majority of their life, there aren't a lot of people around.

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