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thank you guys! i wish i could of got a better shot or different angle.
Agree with the Cooper's hawk IDs - and I learned a quick ID tip off the tail! :)
Here is a handy info page that compares the sharp-shinned and coopers side by side with photos and ID words, including juveniles: http://static.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/Abou...
Definitely a Cooper's Hawk, you can clearly see the rounded tail. Nice spotting!
Based upon the shape of the tail and the apparent size of this bird, I believe it is a Coopers Hawk. Nice spotting!It can be very difficult to tell the difference between Coopers Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks, but the rounded tail feathers in your second photo suggest that this is a Coopers.
I am in favour of the Sharp-shinned Hawk, because it has the white vent too, something that Cooper's Hawk does not have, I believe.
I think you might be right QWMom. We will see if we get same or different opinions
Not going to us "Suggest an ID" because I am far from certain, but I think you have a cute little Sharp-Shinned Hawk there.
Spotted on Oct 16, 2013 Submitted on Oct 16, 2013