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Raptor ID- LI NY September 2018


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Hi everyone, Imlooking for a little help ID'ing a Raptor I spotted at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley, NY back in September. I was thinking it may be a Kestrel but I'm really not sure. All help is greatly appreciated. 

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Brighten the images if you're not sure... ; )

It is not an American Kestrel because:

  1. It has a solid gray back
  2. It has thick brown streaking on its belly/flanks
  3. It doesn't have an obvious black auricular patch or white cheek
  4. It has a darker face overall which contrasts with the light orbital ring
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55 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Brighten the images if you're not sure... ; )

It is not an American Kestrel because:

  1. It has a solid gray back
  2. It has thick brown streaking on its belly/flanks
  3. It doesn't have an obvious black auricular patch or white cheek
  4. It has a darker face overall which contrasts with the light orbital ring

Thank you. That helps a lot.

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