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Ginger52:

--- Quote from: Raleigheagle on January 04, 2021, 12:46:57 PM ---Looks like our little Kestrel is back.

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Raleigh -- It's actually a Merlin (Falco columbarius).  The cam-op confirmed it with RRP.  You're right, though, they do resemble kestrels.  All About Birds says:  "Merlins are small falcons with a powerful build that is broader and stockier than the slightly smaller American Kestrel. Merlins have sharply pointed wings, a broad chest, and a medium length tail."

Here's a pic I found online (Audubon) of a Merlin:

Raleigheagle:
Wow.....Thank you. I thought it looked a little smaller than a kestrel, but once I saw that hooked beak, I made the assumption it was a kestrel. Never saw a Merlin before.

Ginger52:
I've never seen a Merlin before either.  When I Googled, I found that they've overwintered in Iowa for several years but 2016 was the first time in 108 years that there was a documented Merlin nest in Iowa.

Raleigheagle:
So nice of him to enjoy a meal and keep us entertained in the absence of our resident eagles today. Its a beautiful little bird.

Ginger52:
I agree.  Really adorable.

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