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Hawk ID help please!

 
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May 26, 2018 19:53 |  #1

Hello All,

I recently found a Hawks nest, but am having trouble making the ID. I'm near Cleveland, Ohio.

It's a medium sized Hawk and I first thought Cooper's, but the eye color seems wrong. Sharp shinned

doesn't quite fit either. Any ideas?

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Jim


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May 26, 2018 20:40 |  #2

I would say a juvenile Cooper's. Pale yellow eyes are correct for a sub-adult.


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May 26, 2018 21:41 as a reply to  @ Candor's post |  #3

Thanks for your info Candor, but I'm a bit perplexed. I've watched this Hawk for the past two weeks.
First, gathering nesting material, then apparently "incubating". I've been to the nest on a half dozen
occasions, and each time its on the nest. Would a juvenile do this? Perhaps some sort of practice for
a "real" nest in the future?




  
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May 26, 2018 22:28 |  #4

Juveniles can return for a while after fledging and may roost on the nest although I've never heard of one bringing nesting material.


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May 26, 2018 22:32 as a reply to  @ Candor's post |  #5

Very interesting!!! Thanks!




  
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May 27, 2018 05:35 |  #6

I agree with Mike, juvy Coopers hawk. Not sure about the nest activity.


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