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Very similar to American Kestrel in size, but note lack of bold facial markings, plus *streaked* breast, and banded tail.
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.
Our neighborhood seems to be good for at least one Merlin each year, but they seem to be "just passing through."
Spotted on Feb 6, 2015
Submitted on Feb 12, 2015