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Merlin

Falco columbarius

Description:

Very similar to American Kestrel in size, but note lack of bold facial markings, plus *streaked* breast, and banded tail.

Habitat:

Sitting in tree in relatively urbanized residential neighborhood. Surrounding native landscape is mostly "disturbed" shortgrass prairie with yucca, sunflower, prickly-pear cacti, scattered elm trees.

Notes:

Our neighborhood seems to be good for at least one Merlin each year, but they seem to be "just passing through."

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1 Comment

jeslowery
jeslowery 6 years ago

Awesome sighting!

BugEric
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BugEric

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Feb 6, 2015
Submitted on Feb 12, 2015

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