small mystery raptor

Susan Harrison

Hi all,


Today at Putah Creek Riparian Reserve (0.5 miles-ish east of Pedrick Road) I saw a raptor perched above the creek with these characteristics:



Kestrel-like long barred tail, which it wagged from side to side

Dark slaty-gray back with several squarish white spots (strange!!)

Dark head/face without any kestrel-like facial markings


Does anyone have an idea of what this could be?  



Susan Harrison 

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