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Bird Identification: Owl or hawk?

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scryingwell
Pleasanton, CA

December 29, 2010
5:02 PM

Post #8282684

I sighted this bird in the East Bay Area in California and took the pictures at 8:50 AM at the end of December. I could not get a clear view because it was so far away... If it is an owl it seems quite small and its chest/belly area seems quite large. Its beak is short and the crown of its head is rusty reddish brown with some black markings. It's chest has a scalloped pattern. Does anyone know what bird this could be?

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scryingwell
Pleasanton, CA

December 29, 2010
5:03 PM

Post #8282686

Image #2 - you can see its face markings a bit clearer

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scryingwell
Pleasanton, CA

December 29, 2010
5:05 PM

Post #8282693

Image #3 - here you can see the shape of its beak

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 29, 2010
5:23 PM

Post #8282723

It is an American Kestrel. I believe it is the smallest of falcons and this one looks like a male. It is a beautiful bird and we see many of them on our farm.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 30, 2010
5:49 AM

Post #8283192

Ditto to American Kestrel

Resin
scryingwell
Pleasanton, CA

December 30, 2010
6:48 PM

Post #8284199

Thanks dellrose and Resin! :)

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