bird i.d.

On the tree we had a recent hawk-like visitor. If it was a hawk it was a very small hawk. I would think that it might be a cuckoo given its size and general coloration, but it did not have a long striped cuckoo tail and it was white with sparse light brown specks underneath. When it flew away the underside of its wings were also dappled. I don’t think it was a kestral, which seems like the obvious choice, unless female kestrels are colored differently. What was it?


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2 Responses to bird i.d.

  1. Steven Fama says:

    I guess a flicker. Northern flicker. Google up an image and see. It does have a white belly with spots. Quite distinctive.

  2. Jessica Smith says:

    No… not that. Less spotty, and no distinctive markings other than the spotted belly. The back was light brown, very simple.

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