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Sharp-shinned Hawk (I believe; ID confirmation appreciated)

 
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Feb 22, 2017 23:28 |  #1

Found this one hunting along the dike at Boundary Bay, in lower BC, this weekend. Given the size, I believe it to have been a Sharp-shinned, rather than a Cooper's (juvenile, maybe); but I'm godawful at differentiating the two. It's possible that the 4th shot is a different bird, as it was taken on a different day.

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Feb 23, 2017 11:46 |  #2

Eric nice set of shots. It looks like a juvenile Sharp-Shinned to me as well. There is lots of streaking on the breast and belly. Juvenile Coopers show less streaking and primarily on the upper breast with a more white belly.

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Feb 23, 2017 11:50 |  #3

Stephen Stephen wrote in post #18282739 (external link)
Eric nice set of shots. It looks like a juvenile Sharp-Shinned to me as well. There is lots of streaking on the breast and belly. Juvenile Coopers show less streaking and primarily on the upper breast with a more white belly.

http://feederwatch.org …k-and-sharp-shinned-hawk/ (external link)

Very nice; thank you!


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Feb 24, 2017 14:58 |  #4

I'm going to go in the other direction Eric and say this is a Cooper's Hawk (immature) based on the large legs and the tail. The outer tail feathers are longer than the inner feathers, giving it a rounded appearance. Also the larger looking head.


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Feb 24, 2017 15:15 |  #5

txcanon wrote in post #18284048 (external link)
I'm going to go in the other direction Eric and say this is a Cooper's Hawk (immature) based on the large legs and the tail. The outer tail feathers are longer than the inner feathers, giving it a rounded appearance. Also the larger looking head.

I'm leaning that way, too. Turns out, I had the sizes backwards...thinking that Sharpies were the larger of the two; this thing was definitely more on the larger scale for the mid-sized birds. Where the heck's Bee when I need him? :D


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Feb 25, 2017 15:05 |  #6

Snydremark wrote in post #18284069 (external link)
I'm leaning that way, too. Turns out, I had the sizes backwards...thinking that Sharpies were the larger of the two; this thing was definitely more on the larger scale for the mid-sized birds. Where the heck's Bee when I need him? :D

Been working a lot. Looks good for a Cooper's hawk due to the large blocky head, smooth transition from beak to head, and graduated tail feathers. The breast streaking is heavier than usual, but not abnormal. Western immature Cooper's seem to be often heavier marked than eastern birds, and they are also smaller.


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Feb 25, 2017 15:16 |  #7

Beekeeper wrote in post #18284889 (external link)
Been working a lot. Looks good for a Cooper's hawk due to the large blocky head, smooth transition from beak to head, and graduated tail feathers. The breast streaking is heavier than usual, but not abnormal. Western immature Cooper's seem to be often heavier marked than eastern birds, and they are also smaller.

There he is! :) Thanks, Zach; appreciate the comments.


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