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Can anyone identify this bird?

by Christine
(Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

These birds returned numerous times to the top of a dead tree on an island we were camping on, in Haliburton, Ontario this past weekend. There were sometimes as many as 4. Every time one arrived or left, they greeted each other with a wee wee wee wee wee wee, kind of a small sound for a bird the size of a crow.




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Can anyone identify this bird?

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Aug 05, 2010
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A Merlin Falcon??
by: Anonymous

What about a Merlin falcon? We recorded the sound and it sounded similar when we compared samples online.

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Great detective work.
That's what it is. The sound is the best way to determine bird identification. Do you have a video you could upload for all of us on youtube?

Aug 04, 2010
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JUVENILES?
by: Anonymous

They look like quite young juvenile birds.
Susan

Aug 03, 2010
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Any other possibilities?
by: Anonymous

This one seemed smaller than Cooper's Hawk, about the size of a crow or a jay.

Aug 03, 2010
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Cooper's Hawk?
by: Anonymous

Possibly a Cooper's Hawk.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coopers_Hawk

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