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    Isn't he just gorgeous? I know it's a little noisey but I had to crop to get a little closer. He was sitting on a road sign and didn't leave until we drove off. I love his eye contact lol.

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    Yes he sure is a beauty!! Is it a Merlin? I'm not 100% confident with TX birds so it's an educated guess...hard to tell its size from the pic too, although you do say he's on a road sign.

    Great capture!!

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    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Thanks! I know it's a falcon, just don't know exactly what kind. I thought it was a hawk at first but he was much smaller than the hawks I see here.
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    That is pretty cool! I love big birds! My brother had 3 baby owls fall from the nest, and the mamma didn't help them, so they called game and fish. I got to see the baby one. I took pics, but I took them in auto and they aren't too great. It sure was neat though!
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    I'm mad at myself because I'm having trouble IDing him. I'm a birder, but raptors are so difficult sometimes. Also, color/pattern can vary by region. How big was the bird? Also, did you get a look at his tail and note whether it had stripes?

    I'm wondering if it might be a sharp-shinned hawk. They're much smaller than red-tail and Swainson's hawks, but they don't have the "runny mascara" eye pattern that many merlins and other falcons have.
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    You might be right Janet, although its eye is so dark for an immature SS, and I don't see a clear "eyebrow". Its chin appears to be in shadow so I can't tell if it has light streaks on the chin/neck. And we can't see how long its wings are....

    Well anyway it's a beautiful photo!

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    I love birds and this falcon looks AMAZING!!!

    TFS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy_&_Eva View Post
    You might be right Janet, although its eye is so dark for an immature SS, and I don't see a clear "eyebrow". Its chin appears to be in shadow so I can't tell if it has light streaks on the chin/neck. And we can't see how long its wings are....

    Well anyway it's a beautiful photo!
    I was thinking about the lack of eyebrow, too. I'm going to try to pull out one of my field guides that covers both the western and eastern U.S. I know east TX is considered eastern, but raptors just vary too darn much!

    I agree; it is a great photo!
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