Hi folks. A friend sent me this photos of a raptor that's been hanging around his place out in the Beaverdam area. He suggested merlin, but I thought the underside was too plain (not streaked), and the wings were a bit short/blunt, suggesting an Accipiter. I'm leaning towards sharp-shinned, but I'm not great with raptors. Apologies for the photo quality.
The images strongly suggest Northern Goshawk (adult).
Thanks Todd! So, if my friend can confirm that it's definately too small for a goshawk (i.e., if it's merlin/small crow size) would it be at least safe to conclude it's another accipiter? He's going to try to record a vocalization too.
Another accipiter is possible, but I see goshawk everytime I look at it. One possibility is that there is more than one bird of prey in this persons area. As a matter of fact, there would likely be more than one raptor species anywhere you go. I would certainly look at other photos. My being wrong is certainly a possibility.
I am also in the Goshawk camp!
Thanks again, folks!