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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Photo Share: Sharp-shinned vs Merlin

Merlin Falco columbarius
This merlin seemed to know he was being photographed.- Mark

What a very handsome hawk! I think it is a Sharp-shinned hawk. Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful photo! If anyone else would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com with a description and permission to post it on the Friday Photo.

The Merlin is similar in size, but it’s a falcon—it has pointed wings and a shorter tail. Merlins are dark, streaky birds and they behave differently, flying powerfully and usually hunting out in the open. They also nest in the upper peninsula in Michigan.

Related Articles:
Sharp-shinned vs. Cooper’s Hawks http://goo.gl/sBHwDY
Birds of prey: Hawk vs. Falcon http://birds-of-prey-hawk-vs-falcon.html
Hawks at Feeders http://bit.ly/zfOiVV
Cooper's Hawk http://bit.ly/ylsupp
Sharp-shinned Hawks http://bit.ly/zhi4Ng

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