This book is very good for raptor id's. You do have a Merlin. Ranges are changing from time to time. I have lived in Ontario for some time and pas back and forth between there and Essex, NY. We have had Merlins pass the winter in Ottawa as well as outside the city, so I am not surprised that you have one where you are.
On 2013-02-02, at 4:24 PM, Jane Stein wrote:
> By the way, Kevin, if you're frustrated by hawk ID, which is pretty lousy in most general field guides and only a bit better in Sibley, I hugely recommend a book called "Photographic Guide to North American Raptors" by Wheeler and Clark. It's about $20 in large-format paperback.
> It's not only got superbly clear photographs of each raptor, male and female, adult and immature, perched and in flight, but extremely good condensed descriptions, including comparisons of similar birds and what the key points of difference are-- all in about half a page of text, so easy to scan for what you need.
> On 2/2/2013 2:20 PM, Kevin Thorley wrote:
>> I took these a few weeks ago at Colchester Bog. The quality is awful, but
>> I am hoping it is enough for someone to help with an ID. According to the
>> Sibley guide, Merlins are not likely to be seen here in the winter. My
>> other guess would be an accipiter. Thoughts?
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