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Merlin or peregrine falcon? -Troy, NY, USA (1 Viewer)

viceroy11

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United States
Today I saw a falcon harassing a red-tailed hawk sitting on top of a church, and I am unsure if it was a peregrine or merlin. I only got a brief look but the falcon had a clear mustache, a solid bluish/grey back, a white/brownish underside, and appeared to be essentially the exact same size as a crow (crows were also harassing the hawk). From my brief first impression it seemed to have horizontal bars on its underside, although this was only a quick glimpse. I know it will be impossible to get a definite answer on the ID but what is more likely for the area? Troy is very urban but I was in one of the few small parks - although the falcon came in from the city and flew right back into the city after. Here is a link to a video I took, although you can't make out any detail from it:
 

Butty

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Your video says it's private, and won't play. It seems that the size comparison you made was a meaningful one, and that then decides the ID of your falcon (assuming it was a falcon) - peregrine.
 

viceroy11

Member
United States
Your video says it's private, and won't play. It seems that the size comparison you made was a meaningful one, and that then decides the ID of your falcon (assuming it was a falcon) - peregrine.
Sorry, video should be public now. Thanks for the help, I was hesitant to ID it on size, but I don't have much else to go off
 

Butty

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Video plays now. Assuming the bird on the roof is a red-tailed hawk, and the bird mobbing it is your problem bird, then its size seems OK for peregrine and wrong for merlin - though I can't actually identify either bird in the video.
 

viceroy11

Member
United States
Video plays now. Assuming the bird on the roof is a red-tailed hawk, and the bird mobbing it is your problem bird, then its size seems OK for peregrine and wrong for merlin - though I can't actually identify either bird in the video.
Yes, I am 100% certain that the bird on the roof is a red-tailed
 
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