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Photo of the Day: Falcon on a Fence

A daily image of life in Charlestown for Wednesday, Jan. 23.

MaryLee Trettenero was surprised to find a large wild bird sitting on her backyard fence on Prospect Street last Sunday, Jan. 20. The bird appeared to be a falcon or kestrel. 

MaryLee is curious: Has anyone else seen this creature around Charlestown? Does anyone know what kind of bird this is?

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don young January 23, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Most likely an American Kestrel.
Joshua January 23, 2013 at 01:58 PM
this is a Cooper's Hawk, not a falcon
Rob O'Brien January 23, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Looks like a sharp-shinned hawk: http://www.birds-of-north-america.net/Sharp-shinned_Hawk.html
MaryLee Trettenero January 24, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Thanks Don. That's what my nephew thought. There's a link someone submitted for a sharp shinned hawk. It has the same banding on the tail as the bird on my fence.
Joe January 24, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Looks like my dinner....yum.

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