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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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36 minutes ago, thelodger14 said:

i am seeing the facial stripe in the last photo. My opinion is it is a an American Kestral

Merlins have facial stripes too. 

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I have no idea, but I’d love one of our experts to help us out with what important characteristics they’re using to ID this bird.

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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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