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Bird Identification: CLOSED: Hawk-Coopers or Sharpie

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 23, 2013
6:12 PM

Post #9494989

So… it's raining out and I see this hawk in the tree. It seems much smaller than the other cooper's hawks that visit. But maybe too big for a sharp-shinned. And since I have never seen a sharp-shinned, I'm not quite sure what I've got here. I can't even SEE any legs since this one is so fluffed out from the rain/cold. But the head seemed a little more rounded to me. It might just be me hoping that I have a new bird though. ha.



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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2013
5:35 AM

Post #9495369

Okay, I'm answering my own. LOL. Coopers. Probably male because it was small. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/AboutBirdsandFeeding/accipiterIDtable.htm

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2013
7:17 AM

Post #9495498

I'd go with Cooper's as well. The tail is rounded.

We used to see Cooper's, but now the few times we've had an accipiter, it's been a Sharp-shinned. They have no pants. :D That is how someone once described a Sharp-shinned and I am sure I will never forget that.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2013
8:15 AM

Post #9495549

NO PANTS? that's funny. Meaning, you see a bunch of the legs?

I read on cornell where they said a small male coopers might be as big as a female sharpie. So I suppose that's what I had. I'm sure once I finally see one, it will be obvious to me.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2013
1:28 PM

Post #9495808

Yup, their legs are quite exposed. As soon as the children see one of these, they yell "It has no pants!". I am glad we've only seen these at home.

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