Posted 08 August 2012 - 04:50 PM
Cooper's, on the other hand are more common than that. Three were sighted a month ago 3 miles away, and 1 seen at various locations within 5 miles in the last month or two.
But, the tail bands on Cooper's are broader and duller, so I wonder if there is a juvenile or other variation that has banding (and body color) similar to the female Merlin.
Sorry no photos.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 04:56 PM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:37 PM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:34 PM
Here are the reference photos from the internet that represent my question:
This one is a juvie female Merlin and the tail bands are almost exactly like I saw here - bright white, thin and three of them. Keep in mind a Merlin is only found here in the winter and not likely in yards as Creeker said above.
This one is supposedly a (female? or juvie?) Cooper's Hawk. Notice that the bands are wider and duller. Do the width and color of a Cooper's bands change with age or variation?
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:36 PM
Here is the first one:
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:41 PM
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