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  1. 6 minutes ago, Avery said:

    The striping on a Coopers is much thinner, with less globular teardrops, if any. 

    I think you're right. I'm just learning. Streaking are streaking 'til ya see it differently. I just learned about commas and dark patagial underwing markings as definitive for red-tailed; I've been just looking at tails all these years.

    Too, I just noticed the red-shouldered in the pic I posted from allaboutbirds.org has light eyes; perhaps not yellow, but light. ?

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  2. 2 hours ago, Avery said:

    Given the distance and possibility of the eye being shadowed, I don't think we can judge eye color here. A young RSHA would have spots or barring on the breast, depending on the subspecies, not streaks. Compare the streaks to the other Cooper's hawks pictured above (5&6). It would also have an obvious pale eyebrow if it was a RSHA. Young Cooper's hawks, can also show a speckled back, which can be seen in pic 4, but not in 1&2. The spots you see are banded flight feathers, which you can see in pic 6.

    Okay, I can go with the shadowed eye. Thanks! Not so sure about the spots or barring thing though (see pic from allaboutbirds.org below). Seeing as this is Texas, I'm thinking B. l. texanus, and I've seen them, I live here, looking, at least to me, streaked, though it seems to extend onto the belly and the bird in pics 1 & 2 doesn't. I'm confused about pale eyebrows too. Like the pale eyebrows in pics 5 & 6? I agree on your assessment of the b & w wing checkering.


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  3. Great. Thanks! Three confirmations and one dis-confirmation. I can see Cooper's for the first two pics. If the eyes were lighter and it didn't have, to me, a more robust buteo look, which I guess could be due to fluffed-up feathers, I'd have settled on Coop. Would you guys mind giving some info as to what excluded RSHA for you?

  4. Awoke this morning to hawk pictures on Nextdoor. All pictures were supposedly taken in the Round Rock, TX area. I'm seeking confirmation, or dis-confirmation, of my guesses...

    Pictures 1 & 2 were taken yesterday: Most of my neighbors are saying this is a Sharpie or Coopers. I'm thinking with the darker eyes and barrel chest immature RSHA.

    Picture 3: Don't know when this was taken. I love this shot! I'm thinking RTHA.

    Pictures 4, 5 & 6: Love these shots too. Supposedly taken in October. That seems a little late for Crepe Myrtle to be blooming. Too, the photographer said she was photographing two bluejays at a nest when this hawk flew in. October is a whole lot late for bluejays to be nesting, right? Anyway, I'm thinking immature Coopers.

    Picture 7: Don't know when this was taken. I suspect Winter given the bare flora and Christmas lights. The photographer says the bird is eating a pork chop that he gave to it. I'm thinking RTHA.








  5. 8 minutes ago, Avery said:

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't buteo's not hunt wild birds? I mean, I wouldn't be surprised if a hungry red-tail decided to pluck a chicken from someone's yard, but I think only accipters, falcons, owls, and eagles will hunt other birds. So, if your bird was a buteo, maybe the other birds recognize it as not being a threat? Talk about birding under pressure!

    I'm told by many others that red-shouldereds prey on birds often in many parts of the US. I've not seen such here in Central TX. Don't know about AL. I have seen red-tailed take a dove on the ground.

  6. My guess is red-shouldered. Here in Central TX they hunt behind my home regularly. When one, or a mated pair, come in my feeder birds: cardinals, sparrows, finches, WWDO, MODO, starlings, etc. just go about what they were doing before arrival. A coop of sharpie? Scatter city, except, maybe, on occasion, a WWDO will just sit still, mid-city tree, and the accipiter misses it. Dumb dove or dumb raptor?

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