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

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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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