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 Post subject: Please confirm Cooper's Hawk
PostPosted: Jan 29 9:25 pm 
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I went out for a walk this afternoon, and found this guy in a vacant lot two blocks from home.
Sometimes you get lucky.
A bit of confusion between Cooper's and Sharp Shinned, but I believe this is a Cooper's
male because of the big head and light coloured nape.
He also has a fairly long, rounded tail.
I'd appreciate if someone could confirm or correct.
Thanks
Gary Magnusson


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 Post subject: Re: Please confirm Cooper's Hawk
PostPosted: Jan 30 6:25 am 
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Location: north shore
A fairly long rounded tail is a good indicator for Cooper's hawk.
Size is another way to ID, Cooper's is roughly crow-sized while Sharp-shinned is jay-sized.

"The nape feathers on adult Cooper’s Hawks are lighter than the feathers on the top of the head, giving the bird a capped appearance. Adult sharpies have a dark blue-gray tone on both parts."

http://www.audubon.org/news/a-beginners-guide-iding-coopers-and-sharp-shinned-hawks


Nice shot by the way!

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 Post subject: Re: Please confirm Cooper's Hawk
PostPosted: Jan 30 2:30 pm 
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Thanks, Paul, That would definitely be Cooper's, then.
Gary


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