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-sized

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?  

 

Thanks!!

Susan Harrison 
Davis

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