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#1 Bird Brain

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:57 AM

According to my Sibley's, this should be a taiga variety of Merlin. I'm basing this on its white throat, wide tail-bands, and weak mustache. Comments...pros or cons??

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:01 AM

Looks very brown, so I would say Prairie race (richardsonii).

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:04 AM

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:28 AM

I'm not convinced just by the color given the photos in Wheeler, but he does note that Prairie have a fainter mustache but are generally lighter than Taiga. This bird seems dark. Mustache seems fainter than I would expect. That said, this bird does look more heavily streaked than he shows Prairie.

My vote is on either Adult female or juvenille Taiga. But I'm no expert.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:23 AM

Sorry, I should have mentioned that the lighting was bad when I took these photos, and I had to lighten them up quite a bit to bring out the details. It was really darker than the photo depicts.
I think cany has it pegged, actually...either juvie or adult female. Maybe you're more expert than you give yourself credit for, cany! :)

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:34 AM

Sorry, I should have mentioned that the lighting was bad when I took these photos, and I had to lighten them up quite a bit to bring out the details. It was really darker than the photo depicts.
I think cany has it pegged, actually...either juvie or adult female. Maybe you're more expert than you give yourself credit for, cany! :)


Haha:) If I am correct, it is only thanks to Wheeler. I also looked on the Cornell Labs site and that site seems to indicate the same to me. Sadly, though, I am often wrong:)

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