Is this a Merlin or a Hobby? Or something else?

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Is this a Merlin or a Hobby? Or something else?

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Hi. My husband and I spotted this yesterday afternoon in Oxfordshire. It was on the edge of agricultural land, near a wood. It is clearly juvenile, which make identification a little tricky. It was no more than a foot long and had a round end to its tail, but that is pretty much all I can add to the photo.

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  • With the barred markings on its back and russet tones I would say it's a young Kestrel. Nice photo, you did well to spot it amongst the foliage.

  • Agree with Tony - nice picture too.

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  • With the barred markings on its back and russet tones I would say it's a young Kestrel. Nice photo, you did well to spot it amongst the foliage.

  • Agree with Tony - nice picture too.

  • Thank you so much for getting back to me. I did looked at lots of pictures of the smaller raptors, but as it is clearly still young, as a novice I really was struggling. I was lucky enough to spot it going into the hedgerow, so then just had to see if I could spot it in there - a zoom lens on my little point and shoot camera really helped with the photo