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Coopers Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

Description:

I believe this is a Coopers Hawk, but it maybe a sharp shinned...I have a hard time telling the two apart. large hawk, striped narrow tail, large yellow eyes, white and brown head

Habitat:

Woods, forests, and inner cities

Notes:

I enjoyed watching this large hawk take his afternoon bath.

2 species ID suggestions

Liam
Liam 2 years ago
Cooper's Hawk (immature)
Accipiter cooperii Cooper's Hawk
nala10
nala10 2 years ago
Goshawk
Accipiter gentilis

13 Comments

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino a year ago

Well, would ya look at that! Coops are such serious birds, you almost never see them let'n loose like this! Fantastic spotting and pictures!

FYI - your 6th and final picture isn't showing up!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 2 years ago

Thanks all, I thought it to be a Coopers :) I have a video of him taking this bath, which I hope to get added to YouTube and linked to this sometime this weekend. This holding pond tends to be the bathing hole for many bird species. I have photos of Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, House Finches, and Northern Mockingbirds are bathing at this same spot..

CoastalJHawk
CoastalJHawk 2 years ago

This is a very cool series. I think Cooper's also from what I see in the Sibley Guide. It's on this weekend! I want to see something like this.

Liam
Liam 2 years ago

This site is very helpful when IDing Coops and Sharpies: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/AboutBi...

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

What a very cool spotting!

Great series! I agree with Liam that it's a Cooper's Hawk - I have a Sharp-shinned that hangs around my house. The Cooper's usually have a rounded tail while Sharp-shinned are squared.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

look at the banded tail in picture 4. That usually is either coopers or sharp shinned
http://birding.about.com/od/identifyingb...
Here is how you would differentiate between the two.
Liam is correct.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Wonderful series!

Liam
Liam 2 years ago

A Goshawk in Florida would be nearing impossible.
Okay, well maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but a Goshawk in Florida is very improbable. This is either a Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk, and the large size, stern expression, and overall proportions suggest Cooper's.

nala10
nala10 2 years ago

I think it might bve a goshawk it is found in the book Wildlife Fact File! it would not let me put it in refference though.

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

What a wonderful series! I especially love the third photo!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 2 years ago

Spectacular!!! What a show! Great spotting!

ebsharrett1950
ebsharrett1950 2 years ago

Very nice series. Did you offer a towel?

Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Lat: 30.44, Long: -84.28

Spotted on Feb 29, 2012
Submitted on Feb 29, 2012

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