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I'd suggest Sharpie.... according to Sibley's Guide, Sharpies are "relatively small-headed and small-billed", and Cooper's have a "relatively large head".
Plus, Sharpies tend to prey on small birds. Feather in the talon and blood on the breast and beak says he/she just finished dinner.
Very interesting. I'm wondering if maybe this is made from 2 different types of wasp. Here in the US "Mud daubers" Make tubular structures of mud, with several chambers in each, 1 egg per chamber. The mature wasp then chews out of the chamber. Those are the two holes.
The little "pot" on top is definitely made by a species of "potter wasp". They are very lovely little wasps. The female wasp makes 1 little pot for each egg. The mature wasp then chews out of the side of the pot, or the top.
So I'm wondering if maybe a potter wasp may have built her nest on top of a mud-dauber's nest??
I saw this again, and thought "now who on earth ever thought that was a golden orb?" Then I opened it and.... it was me. Oooops.. It IS an immature orb-weaver, but NOT a golden orb. I believe it is an immature Argiope aurantia. Check the link I gave in the ID.
Sorry! I'm actually embarrassed by my incorrect ID!