Raptors

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Local raptors include osprey, eagles, falcons, hawks, barn owls, and typical owls.

Osprey

Osprey

(Pandion haliaetus)
Length: 20"-25"; Wingspan: 59"-67"
Large, mostly white raptor that cruises over lakes, rivers, and coastal waterways in search of fish. Impressively widespread: found on every continent except Antarctica. Mostly white head and underparts; dark brown back. In flight, holds wings with a kink in the wrist (shaped like an "M"). Stick nests are conspicuous on top of channel markers, utility poles and high platforms near water. Often seen plunging feet-first into water from high in the air to grab fish.
Nests used every year can be found at Tifft Nature Preserve and Beaver Island State Park

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) - © Ken Czworka
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) - © Ken Czworka

Eagles

Bald Eagle

(Haliaeetus leucocephalus) - ENDANGERED

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) - © David Malak

Golden Eagle

(Aquila chrysaetos)

Falcons

American Kestrel

(Falco sparverius)

Perigrine Falcon

(Falco mexicanus)

Merlin

(Falco columbarius)
Small and fierce falcon. Dark above and paler below, with streaking on the underparts; darkness of plumage varies geographically. Feeds mainly on birds captured in flight. Found in a variety of habitats from grasslands, open forests, and especially coastal areas with shorebirds. In flight, note powerful flight, pointed wings, and quick, continuous wingbeats.

Merlin (Falco columbarius) - © Ken Czworka

Hawks

For the article on hawks, click here.

Owls

For the article on owls, click here.