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Lisaaaaa38

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Good morning....I spotted this beautiful bird on top of the tree across the street this am.  Was wondering what type of bird he /she is.  looks like a hawk of some sort to me. thank you!

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10 hours ago, birder123456 said:

Merlins are a pretty regular winter raptor in much of (if not all) of NJ. But a nice find still. 

Thank you..I do hope I see him again!!!! 

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7 hours ago, birdbrain22 said:

They are definitely wintering birds in NJ.

Thank you!! I will be keeping an eye out for them now! birding is very new too me. Just took an interest about a year ago.  

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On 12/30/2017 at 7:28 AM, Lisaaaaa38 said:

Thank you!! I will be keeping an eye out for them now! birding is very new too me. Just took an interest about a year ago.  

 No worries.

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On 12/31/2017 at 3:12 PM, birdbrain22 said:

 No worries.

I am pretty sure this was him again on Sunday! amazing! wish i could of gotten a better picture..

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1 hour ago, Lisaaaaa38 said:

I am pretty sure this was him again on Sunday! amazing! wish i could of gotten a better picture..

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That is actually a young Cooper's Hawk.  Notice the different pattern on the tail (bands all about the same width) and the light eyes (which falcons don't have).

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I don't know how much of a border I will ever become.   I just started.  But I suppose along the way I will learn.  I thank you much.  Now i know a new piece of information.    I love this forum and all the tips you learn.  

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11 minutes ago, Lisaaaaa38 said:

I don't know how much of a border I will ever become.   I just started.  But I suppose along the way I will learn.  I thank you much.  Now i know a new piece of information.    I love this forum and all the tips you learn.  

There are varying degrees of birder.  Just appreciating them, noticing that they aren't all the same and wondering why, is where we all started.  That's all you need to do to call yourself a birder; the rest is just a matter of intensity.  You'll find a level where you're comfortable.  Mostly, have fun!

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3 hours ago, Lisaaaaa38 said:

I don't know how much of a border I will ever become.

I hope you will be a birder instead of a border. ;)

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Welcome! I am a relatively new birder myself and I agree with you that you will learn along the way. This forum has been invaluable! I fully agree with what Charlie Spencer wrote, especially the part about having fun. By the way, I love your photo of the Merlin... one of my favorite birds. All the best!

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7 hours ago, MerMaeve said:

I hope you will be a birder instead of a border. ;)

I did. Lol.   I am still trying to figure out this forum.  Like how to reply.  I only see quote ?  

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21 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

There are varying degrees of birder.  Just appreciating them, noticing that they aren't all the same and wondering why, is where we all started.  That's all you need to do to call yourself a birder; the rest is just a matter of intensity.  You'll find a level where you're comfortable.  Mostly, have fun!

Aw...thanks so much! I have always appreciated birds my entire life. I have 4 parakeets and one finch at the moment. Thanks! I hope to see something exciting today! I will keep my eyes to the sky.

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15 hours ago, Evie12 said:

Welcome! I am a relatively new birder myself and I agree with you that you will learn along the way. This forum has been invaluable! I fully agree with what Charlie Spencer wrote, especially the part about having fun. By the way, I love your photo of the Merlin... one of my favorite birds. All the best!

 

15 hours ago, Evie12 said:

Welcome! I am a relatively new birder myself and I agree with you that you will learn along the way. This forum has been invaluable! I fully agree with what Charlie Spencer wrote, especially the part about having fun. By the way, I love your photo of the Merlin... one of my favorite birds. All the best!

 

15 hours ago, Evie12 said:

Welcome! I am a relatively new birder myself and I agree with you that you will learn along the way. This forum has been invaluable! I fully agree with what Charlie Spencer wrote, especially the part about having fun. By the way, I love your photo of the Merlin... one of my favorite birds. All the best!

Thank you ! I hope to see him again, now I know the difference between a hawk and a falcon, well sorta! there's so much to learn! I will be posting more as I see birds that I need to identify! 

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17 hours ago, Lisaaaaa38 said:

Like how to reply.  I only see quote ?  

At the very bottom or the green button at the top.  :)

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On 12/26/2017 at 7:51 AM, Charlie Spencer said:

Welcome.  They don't normally hang out in NJ this time of year!

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

eBird data map; winter in NJ -- http://ebird.org/ebird/map/merlin?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=12-2&bmo=12&emo=2&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2018

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Merlin have expanded rather dramatically in the Midwest as both a breeding and a wintering species over the last 20 years. They used to be a very nice find on an Illinois CBC, now I expect several a year. Both Indiana and Illinois have even had recent nesting records. So a lot of books, etc. are likely to be a bit out of date on this question. (e-bird regenerates their maps each time you request one, so they use the most up-to-date data they can.)

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