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#1 bumpylemon

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:39 PM

Everyone was saying this was a peregrine today. I think its a merlin. I seen a much larger bird later that I know is the peregrine. Can someone confirm merlin for me! i

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:44 PM

Yep, looks good for a Merlin.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:45 PM

The white stripes on the tail is characteristic of a Merlin. The barring on a Peregrine's tail is dark. The Peregrine has a very noticeable moustache. This bird does not. The head shape and white eyebrow (supercilium) are also characteristic of a Merlin.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:45 PM

what a day great raptor day I had! 2 shrikes, rough-legged, redtail, merlin, peregrine, bald eagle,and northern harrier!

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:48 PM

definately a merlin

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:15 PM

here is the perg from today
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:30 PM

cool photo

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:13 PM

Agree with Merlin

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:14 PM

Where were you finding all these raptors today? I am in south-western VT.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:16 PM

Agree with Merlin.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:26 PM

these were all found on 1 road. honeypot rd in Hadley. great damn day. 5 life birds.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:33 PM

That was indeed a kick butt raptor day for you bumpylemon. Congratulations.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:48 PM

Awsome Job. Love the Peregrine Shot. :o Awsome Again. Happy New Year.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:42 AM

what a day great raptor day I had! 2 shrikes, rough-legged, redtail, merlin, peregrine, bald eagle,and northern harrier!


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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:58 AM

rough legged.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:24 PM

that can be tricky heading away like that, but you have an immature Red-tailed Hawk. It has dark belly streaks and dark on the patagials

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:57 PM

Any other shots of that last bird? It's not a Harrier, but I'm not convinced it's a Red-tail. I think it may be a male Rough-leg -- there's an awful lot of white on the tail, and there seems to be an awful lot of markings on the underwing to not have solid patagial marks.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:06 AM

only other pic i got was this....he flew out of nowhere. and i wasnt looking for birds that i had already documented so i didnt take prolonged photos of him. I have gotten harriers before and they were brown and 1 "gray ghost". this bird seemed very dark. i have had rough leggeds there as well and this to me seems like a rough legged.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:26 AM

That may be a Roughie, but all the light ones I've seen have very well-defined carpal patches under the wings, which I don't see here.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:20 AM

Its just a young Eastern Red-tail. The upperwings are plain brown without any other color, I think the uppertail coverts are barred white and black and make it look like it has a white tail at the base. The head looks pretty brown too.




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