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#1 hbvol

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:10 PM

I think these are recently fledged birds. I know these are poor photos but is there any way to confirm as young birds? I have been watching a pair in this area since June. Today there were 4 birds instead of 2. I have never seen the mature birds perched this low and never in a tree.

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#2 creeker

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:23 PM

I can't get a good read on them with these pics. But like you said, the behavior fits.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 11:10 PM

If it is any help, years ago we had an 80 ft tree in our yard (it blew over in a wind storm a few years back) that Kestrels nested in each year. Each year, I would find at least one baby hopping on the ground around the foot of the tree before it could fly. At the time, all I had was a 1megapixel camera (320x240 resolution) but I did take a picture of one of the babys. Seeing it might help you to decide if the ones you've been watching that are just flying looks enough like it.
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