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2 minutes ago, birder123456 said:

I agree. Wish the photo were higher resolution but looks good for kestrel. Size is difficult to judge in the field. 

Can you specify why you say kestrel? 

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6 minutes ago, Mandar300 said:

Can you specify why you say kestrel? 

Not bulky, short winged falcon with a large tail (kestrels have huge looking tails when they fan them) and we are seeing the upper side of the wing....dark on the outer portions and lighter toward the body. 

Prairie falcon would be much bulkier, tail would look smaller, and wings would be lighter and more uniform in color. 

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I agree on Kestrel for several reasons. The most obvious is that in your video which shows it flying you can see that it lacks the dark 'armpits' on the underside of its wings that Prairies all have. Also, I have never seen a Prairie perched on a wire - though it could happen - but it looks way too small when it is perched on one in your photo. Plus it flies like a Kestrel. And more... but that's enough.

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1 hour ago, birder123456 said:

Not bulky, short winged falcon with a large tail (kestrels have huge looking tails when they fan them) and we are seeing the upper side of the wing....dark on the outer portions and lighter toward the body. 

Prairie falcon would be much bulkier, tail would look smaller, and wings would be lighter and more uniform in color. 

Thank you!

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38 minutes ago, douginBC said:

I agree on Kestrel for several reasons. The most obvious is that in your video which shows it flying you can see that it lacks the dark 'armpits' on the underside of its wings that Prairies all have. Also, I have never seen a Prairie perched on a wire - though it could happen - but it looks way too small when it is perched on one in your photo. Plus it flies like a Kestrel. And more... but that's enough.

Thank you, very helpful

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