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Okay another one for you all after the great help I got with that sparrow ...

When: Sunday, Jan 16, 2 PM

Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY. Forested area with thick brush below, near the lake.

What: Smallish hawk sat high in the tree for about 10 minutes (harassed by a couple nearby blue jays) before making a short flight to another nearby perch. 

Thanks for your help - excited for a potential lifer!

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@The Bird Nuts oh thanks for jumping in! That was the other option that came up when I ran it through Merlin. I will say I'm no good at color correction so I'm just dealing with whatever the camera gave me - couldn't say through the binoculars. Excited either way! I appreciate you taking a look.

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16 minutes ago, nathannlynch said:

@The Bird Nuts oh thanks for jumping in! That was the other option that came up when I ran it through Merlin. I will say I'm no good at color correction so I'm just dealing with whatever the camera gave me - couldn't say through the binoculars. Excited either way! I appreciate you taking a look.

It's great that you got a shot of the tail and wing patterns.  Those are more helpful than color here.

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On 1/16/2022 at 7:19 PM, The Bird Nuts said:

Not a Red-shouldered with those broad white tail bands, solid brown flight feathers, and darker brown breast.  This is a very late/early Broad-winged Hawk.

Great call.  I noticed the secondaries weren’t checkered, but thought maybe it was the angle.  This is a crazy bird for this time of the year.  

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