Wednesday, March 04, 2009


Bird, originally uploaded by Gerald5970.

So I'm back in Tempe after a long regatta in Alamitos Bay, just inside of Long Beach. So, I was wondering if anyone could tell me what kind of falcon this is? It perched itself upon the spreaders of the 40 ft boat we spent our nights on.


  1. Now I'm really wishing we had a bird book in Albuquerque, but right now it's up north.

    At first glance, I thought peregrine falcon, but this bird's head is darker, and it doesn't have the "racing stripe" running back from the eye.

    You're more likely looking at something like an American kestrel, but without the book in front of me, I can't say for sure.

    The other bird that this one resembles is the aplomado falcon, but that's hugely unlikely -- I don't think those go as far north as Long Beach, since they prefer hot desert areas. Ted Turner's working on restoring them to Sierra County, so you might see one at Elephant Butte.

  2. Yeah, kestrel seems pretty likely. At one point we had three of them perched on the spreaders. This one was the one that stayed when i got the camera out.


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