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I saw this bird this morning in Northeast Ohio. The eye color is really throwing me, figure maybe it is a juvenile? Looked too small to be a red-shouldered hawk. I considered a Merlin, but looked a little too big, but I have only seen one twice, and it was farther away, so maybe it just looked bigger because it was closer up. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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2 hours ago, Birds are cool said:

Kestrel? More details would help. Color, Size, Habitat, Activity, Flight Pattern, Tail Shape, etc. The link down below is to a kestrel.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/301274451

This was bigger than a Kestrel. It was just sitting in a tree on the edge of a wooded area near a reservoir. It flew off towards the rising sun, so I wasn't able to get a good look at it in flight. 

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On 8/28/2022 at 2:45 PM, bjragucci said:

I saw this bird this morning in Northeast Ohio. The eye color is really throwing me, figure maybe it is a juvenile? Looked too small to be a red-shouldered hawk. I considered a Merlin, but looked a little too big, but I have only seen one twice, and it was farther away, so maybe it just looked bigger because it was closer up. Any thoughts? Thanks!

bird 1 IMG_9497

 

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9 hours ago, lonestranger said:

Knowing what eye colour you're referring to might be useful info to help others eliminate or include certain species as an option.

Well that explains a lot, I don't know what happened, I uploaded the photos to flkr, then copy and pasted them, not sure why they didn't show up on the post. I've gone back and added them, hopefully they will work this time. 

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