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Hi,

 

Can anyone help ID this small, extremely quick raptor (I’m making that assumption.)  It was flapping constantly (not the flap-flap-flap-glide pattern of a Sharpie).  Makes me think it might have been a Kestrel or Merlin, but I’d certainly be interested in anyone’s thoughs.  Photo is from today in northern NJ.

 

49737125342_9a26c7247d_w.jpgP2760565e1 by sbutk, on Flickr

 

Thanks!

 

-Steve

 

 

 

***Wherever you are in the world, I wish my fellow birders (and EVERYONE) continued health and safety in this present time of uncertainty.  Be well… ***

 

 

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3 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

I think it's a Mourning Dove with that pointed tail...but it's hard to see.  I could be wrong.

 

Really?  Wow, I sure didn't get that impression.  But yeah, the distant shot doesn't help.  It went by in the blink of an eye, so I didn't have time to zoom and this pic is heavily cropped already.

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Mourning Doves are really fast and can easily fly more than 50 miles per hour. They’re one of the most aerodynamic backyard birds I can think of.

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4 hours ago, akandula said:

Mourning Doves are really fast and can easily fly more than 50 miles per hour. They’re one of the most aerodynamic backyard birds I can think of.

Didn’t know that, learn something new every day

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5 hours ago, Nivalis said:

Didn’t know that, learn something new every day

 

Same here.  Thanks, everyone!

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2 minutes ago, blackburnian said:

I mistake doves and pigeons for falcons ALL THE TIME, particularly if I’m driving and only have seconds to view. 

Oh yeah, me too.  Pigeons can really look like Peregrines sometimes...

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3 minutes ago, blackburnian said:

I mistake doves and pigeons for falcons ALL THE TIME, particularly if I’m driving and only have seconds to view. 

 

Good, now I don't feel like SO much of an idiot.  Haha.  😁

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1 minute ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Oh yeah, me too.  Pigeons can really look like Peregrines sometimes...

 

Really surprising, since up close on the ground, pigeons seem totally different in terms of shape.

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Posted (edited)

Geez, don't you have any birds in NJ that fly below 2000 feet?  :classic_tongue:

I feel better about this one.  The tail appears to be more squared-off and less pointed.  The wings appear longer, and the wing tips appear pointier and less rounded.  Don't ask me for a species.  Of course, I could be completely full of guano.

 

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10 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Geez, don't you have any birds in NJ that fly below 2000 feet?  :classic_tongue:

I feel better about this one.  The tail appears to be more squared-off and less pointed.  The wings appear longer, and the wing tips appear pointier and less rounded.  Don't ask me for a species.  Of course, I could be completely full of guano.

 

 

Haha.  Yeah, I just tend to get "bored" seeing the same feeder birds over and over again.  I love hawkwatches in the fall, so I guess my eyes just naturally go upward.  Saw something *quite* interesting this afternoon.  Unfortunately it zoomed off beyond the trees so fast, my Autofocus never had a chance.

...Anyway, yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if species is next to impossible with this one.  Looks like an falcon to me, but I don't think I'd venture beyond that.

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looks like a small falcon, probably either a Kestrel or Merlin for the 2nd photo. I agree with Mourning Dove for the first. 

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On 4/9/2020 at 8:14 PM, darknight said:

looks like a small falcon, probably either a Kestrel or Merlin for the 2nd photo. I agree with Mourning Dove for the first. 

 

Thanks.

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