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Didn't get a good look, but: as big as or bigger than a blue jay, long tail feathers, small head and beak, light reddish brown breast


Admittedly, this is not a good picture. I heard a commotion in a bush, and saw lots of sparrows (most likely) flying out of it in droves, followed by this bird. It was much larger than the little birds, and had long tail feathers. It's not much, but I hope this is enough to go on. Thanks!

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Liam 11 years ago

No way to tell from the picture, but I'm getting a Cooper's vibe based solely on proportions. Your description sounds more like a Sharp-shinned though. Especially when you mentioned the bird flushing out "sparrows".

AnnaWhipkey 11 years ago

Based on reported size I would guess sharp-shinned hawk. I think Cooper's hawks are larger.

ChristyHolland 11 years ago

Could be a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Nice spot!

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Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Feb 2, 2012
Submitted on Feb 2, 2012

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