Small Hawk near Lake Ontario in Oshawa

by Gerry
(Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)



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Saw this little fellow in the open, but high in a tree quite close to a subdivision.

He/She is pretty but I don't know what species it is.

Thanks for the picture - perhaps one of our readers will recognize this bird.

I will also post this on our facebook page.

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Mar 19, 2017
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Not a Hawk
by: Frank

Your mystery bird is called an "American Kestrel."
This small raptor is not a Hawk, but rather belongs to the Falcon family.

Mar 06, 2017
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Small hack
by: Anonymous

This is an American Kestrel!

Mar 06, 2017
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Mystery Hawk ID
by: Frank

Gerry: What you have there is an 1st year, male American Kestrel which although considered a raptor, is really a member of the Falcon family. Ontario has five species of Falcons.
They are a treat to watch while hunting for voles, as they tend to hover high over their prey before dropping down.

Mar 06, 2017
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Small Hawk
by: JaxD

I'm pretty sure this is an American Kestrel. So, not a hawk, but still a raptor.
Check it out: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Kestrel/id

Pretty photo! :)

Mar 06, 2017
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Alexis
by: Anonymous

This bird you've photographed is an American Kestrel, which is actually a Falcon.
It's Ontario's smallest and most common Falcon.
I photograph wildlife and birds, but have never had the pleasure of seeing one here.
Lucky you and great capture!

Mar 05, 2017
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American Kestrel
by: Anonymous

An American Kestrel - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Kestrel/id

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