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Fledgling raptor (e. Michigan, June 30)

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Fledgling raptor found in e. Michigan, June 30. (I am posting for the person who found the bird on the ground next to a car and took the photo. After calling wildlife experts and verifying he/she was not injured, they released the bird in a safer nearby location and waited for the parent to came back.)

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If this were a Peregrine, wouldn't we expect to see the "sideburns" facial pattern and light eye ring (pronounced at front and rear), even at this age? And would a Peregrine chick's legs also look thicker / more robust? (This bird's legs look fairly thin.)

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It's not actually immediately obvious to me why this could not be a Merlin, particularly considering the relatively thick white border on the tail.

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