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Pale eyebrow over dark eyeline.  Clear malar stripes / 'moustache'.  Overall falcon GISS.  Streaking and markings wrong for Peregrine or Kestrel.  Bill isn't large enough in relation to the head for accipiter or buteo, and bill markings fit.

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6 minutes ago, Lady Tiff said:

Is it too uncertain / I didn't get the right markers in the photos to be sure of which bird it is?  Is there another bird that this could be? 

My question is, are both of these photos of the same bird?  I made my call based on the first photo.  Looking at the second one, it looks to have different streaks and marks on the underside and breast sides.

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3 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

My question is, are both of these photos of the same bird?  I made my call based on the first photo.  Looking at the second one, it looks to have different streaks and marks on the underside and breast sides.

they were taken about 1 hour apart, same location, so I did think they were the same bird, but I see what you mean about the different streaking on the underside. 

 

9 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Pale eyebrow over dark eyeline.  Clear malar stripes / 'moustache'.  Overall falcon GISS.  Streaking and markings wrong for Peregrine or Kestrel.  Bill isn't large enough in relation to the head for accipiter or buteo, and bill markings fit.

this is awesome info! thank you so much for the details!!!

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12 minutes ago, Birds are cool said:

Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk.

Nothing else has that kind of striping and colors.

This. Merlin’s never look like this. Try to find a photo on eBird of one that looks even remotely similar. 

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The bummer news is I didn't get a new lifer for me, oh well... But the really cool news is, that if it's a Broad-winged Hawk, then I feel like it's a sign.  These two photos are from my property in the Keys, and this bird kept watching me for a few days and would hang out where I was - and about 6 months earlier, I saved a Broad-winged Hawk (ID by the hospital) from the road and brought him to the bird sanctuary/hospital.  He was released after he recovered and maybe this is a friend and heard that I'm a crazy bird lady and wanted to say hi. 

Here's the pic of my hawk friend on my lap!  My husband couldn't believe I wasn't scared of him or worried about him being on my lap. I told him it never crossed my mind, all I could think about was getting him some help. 

Broad-wingedHawk_Rescue2.jpg

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