Guess Who Came For Dinner

I saw this Merlin (not a Sharp-shinned Hawk as I had previously thought) in Prince Albert yesterday. I’m not sure if it’s a Spring returnee or an overwinterer but have put the question into my Saskbird friends, so should have an answer soon. I’m also wondering what it’s eating – lots of white with black stripes on the tail. Anyone know what it is?DSCN8635Here’s a slightly out-of-focus shot that maybe suggests that dinner is a woodpecker of some sort:

DSCN8641Maybe a foot would help?


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  1. Your bird is a Merlin NOT a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
    Not sure about the prey item but will check further

  2. Thanks Richard. I always seem to be getting my hawks mixed up.

  3. Hi again
    I suspect that the prey item may be a juvenile Evening Grosbeak. the tail markings are wrong for Snow Bunting. Downy or Hairy Woodpecker are also not a match.

  4. Is that the same Richard Klauke that lived in Sundre, Alberta in the 1970s. He was an avid bird watcher and an old friend, and I have lost touch with him. Thanks.

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