Merlin – first year

Friends, this tiny hawk is a first year Merlin, but technically he is a falcon due to his pointed wings.  He was captured and banded at Hawk Ridge yesterday, a misty morning turned into a partly cloudy day by 1pm. The hawks are just starting their migration and the smaller hawks come first. This Merlin is about the same size as a sharp-shinned hawk but the first year bird has brown eyes, and the sharp-shinned hawk has yellow eyes.  They both have the vertical striping on the front. Below is an image of the first year sharp-shinned for comparison, stay tuned for second year and mature sharp shinned tomorrow, til Tomorrow MJ

About mjspringett

Nature Photographer, searching for questions and answers

Posted on September 12, 2012, in Birds, Lake Superior, Nature, photography and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Great shots! Jerry H

  2. We love these shots. jack and mikki

  3. Wow, what gorgeous shots! I love how you’ve captured the glint in the eye of the second one and the reflection in the eye of the first.

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