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Old Aug 18, 2004, 12:10 PM   #1
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Maybe Geoffs can help.


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Old Aug 18, 2004, 12:42 PM   #2
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Cooper's Hawk???

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Old Aug 18, 2004, 4:01 PM   #3
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It is an accipiter as evidenced by the skinny tail. So it has to be either a Coopers Hawk, Northern Goshawk, or Sharp-shinned hawk.

I can't really tell the difference. It looks like a Coopers or an immature version of a Goshawk. I have very little experience with bird ID however, this is my very inexperienced info.

The lines running vertically on its chest throw me of from the pictures I have seen of the Coopers. But it certainly could be.

I am sure one of the experts with chime in here shortly with some more certain info.

Geoffs will probably know.


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Old Aug 18, 2004, 9:04 PM   #4
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Hi guys. I think that you've all guessed correctly that this bird is an accipiter. But I'll be honest and tell you that it's kind of tough to distinguish among the juveniles (and this is a juvenile for sure) of the Sharp-Shinned, Cooper's, and Goshawk, at least for me. It'd be easier if we had some information available in the picture or from bobbyz to let us know what the size of this bird might have been.

Here's the thing which leads me to believe that it might be a juvenile Sharpie. If you look at the front edge of the wings you'll see that the edge looks pushed forward as it soars and flies. The Cooper's and Goshawk's wing front edge tends to be much straighter. I'll certainly change my opinion if bobbyz thinks that this bird was too large for a Sharpie...
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Nice shot bobby
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Old Aug 19, 2004, 10:05 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone.

Geoffs, it was smaller than normal hawks thatI have seeneven thoughthe guy was flying pretty low.
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Old Aug 19, 2004, 1:34 PM   #7
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Then it was a Sharpie, bobby. A Sharp-Shinned is only about 11" long. Did I ever tell you it was a nice shot? It is.
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