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Bird Identification: CLOSED: The Ol' Sharpie vs. Cooper's

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 31, 2013
12:00 PM

Post #9403883

Up to this point we've only seen Cooper's in our yard. We usually see the markings to verify them as such. We have seen Sharp-shinned, but we've always been elsewhere with the experienced who point them out to us. At home, we're on our own. :)

I was about to pass this off for a Cooper's but just want to make sure. I didn't see the legs or tail. I have been looking at this link trying to figure this out.
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/AboutBirdsandFeeding/accipiterIDtable.htm
I will say I cannot see the eye difference the site brings up with the Sharp-shinned Hawk's appearing more centered between front and back of head.

Is this a sub-adult? This has an eyebrow and a few white feathers. If this is a Cooper's, I am not seeing the darker "cap". I put a picture of the back of the head on here, if it will help with the id. Sorry about the wonky colors. I have no idea what setting my son used. The middle one is the most true to life- he changed something on the camera.

Thank you so much.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 31, 2013
1:52 PM

Post #9403983

I'll go for adult Sharp-shin - the head and bill don't look powerful enough for Cooper's.

Resin

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

February 1, 2013
8:41 AM

Post #9404790

Thank you so much, Resin.

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