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Bird Identification: CLOSED: Which bird of prey?

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tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2014
10:12 PM

Post #9805218

This lovely small bird of prey posed very nicely at my moms a couple days ago, but we are unable to ID it from our bird books.

Mom is 91, and has watched birds all of her adult life. She's unable to get around any longer, so they bring her more pleasure than ever. This bird spent a bit of time on the deck outside moms room, and just made her day. Help! I need to be able to give mom an ID on this. :-)

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 5, 2014
12:13 AM

Post #9805270

Sharp-shinned Hawk - similar to Cooper's, but note the slender ("sharp") legs and small bill.

Resin
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 5, 2014
10:40 AM

Post #9805512

I don't think I ever saw one before that had the white on the back, like the Red-shouldered. Also, the books show heavy feathering on the upper leg. Thanks Resin!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 5, 2014
2:24 PM

Post #9805648

The white spots are (usually) a sign of immatures, but it varies quite a bit from individual to individual. The upper leg is hidden in the flank feathers (it is crouched down - hawks usually only stand up fully when mantling their prey).

Resin
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 5, 2014
3:58 PM

Post #9805689

Thanks again.

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