Friday, March 13, 2009

Northern Harrier? Hawk?

Not sure what type of bird landed on my deck. Is it a northern harrier? Another type of hawk? Not the best picture just curious about the bird type.


Blogger Hugh said...

It doesn't have the facial disk of a harrier. My guess is juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk, which is more of a backyard bird. Whatever it is, how nice to have it drop by.

8:54 PM  
Blogger jeffmast said...

Could be a Merlin based on location and size relative to the 2X4 it seems to be on, although markings are tougher to be sure.

See this link for more on Merlins:

9:44 AM  
Blogger jeffmast said...

I asked some serious birders on the site, and confirming what Hugh said, they seemed pretty sure it is a juvenile Cooper's or possibly Sharp-Shinned.

See the link:

3:35 PM  
Blogger Genene "Hummingbirdgal" said...

Hi,I just popped in to take a look at your site that was linked from "Getting Dirty In Texas" and wanted to say that your photos are wonderful.
I love all birds, but my passion is Hummingbirds.

I'm a newby to blogging.

11:49 AM  

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