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Jimmy, I'd love you to add this spotting (and your other raptors, including your beautiful vultures!) to the mission Raptors of North America: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8627...
I agree with Christy that it's a Sharp-shinned. Not only because of the very straight tail feathers, but the barring on the chest is more consistent with a Sharp-shinned, not a Cooper's.
Nice series! I'm leaning towards Sharp-Shinned Hawk with that tail. Was it dove sized or crow sized?? I have a hard time myself figuring these guys out! Here's a great link for comparison: http://static.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/Abou...
Thank you sarah! I thought it was but I wanted to make sure :)
Spotted on Mar 27, 2014 Submitted on Mar 27, 2014