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A medium-sized hawk with the classic accipiter shape: broad, rounded wings and a very long tail. In Cooper’s Hawks, the head often appears large, the shoulders broad, and the tail rounded. Adults are steely blue-gray above with warm reddish bars on the underparts and thick dark bands on the tail. Juveniles are brown above and crisply streaked with brown on the upper breast, giving them a somewhat hooded look compared with young Sharp-shinned Hawks' more diffuse streaking.
rural backyard along coast
This first-year Cooper's Hawk was perched in our yard most of the morning with several failed attempts to get one of the birds coming to our feeders. It was driven off from it's excellent perch by an adult Cooper's Hawk.
Spotted on Dec 1, 2012
Submitted on Dec 1, 2012
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