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  1. That's exactly what I wanted to hear! - and Merlin agreed (emphatically) with you both. Thank you.
  2. Audio from downstate NY last week. At the very beginning, Chipping Sparrow song, then followed by.. another CS or a PW? Or too close to call? (There is also a third call heard weakly - Yellow Warbler?) Thank you. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/459127391
  3. Yes, pcon2009, your bird is a 'classic' coop (and a beauty!) And don't mind me, I definitely see and point taken regarding the OP's bird's eyes. They look bigger in proportion to the rest of the head, which is another telltale trait of sharpies.
  4. That's a great point; the bird might not be in full adult plumage yet.. and that makes me lean towards coop even more. I've seen a few sub adult Cooper's that still had fairly dark color down the nape.
  5. I would have guessed Cooper's for the second photo. The head looks kind of blocky here to me, and the cheeks look pale towards the back. It just has that 'buzz cut' look of a coop to me.
  6. Nice photos, ausnic44. Peterson's guide to hawks mentions that young light-morph Harlan's will show wide dark malar stripes (which this bird doesn't show), as well as having colder, black-brown coloration as opposed to the typical warm-brown of easterns. He also mentions a dark spike in the center of the tips of the tail feathers. This bird's tail feathers look a little too worn to be able to notice that anyway though.
  7. Thanks Kevin, that's interesting. Seems like the males can, but typically don't... I wonder if same goes for females.
  8. I'm curious, and can't really find a definitive answer anywhere - are they already able to breed in their second summer? Or, like eagles for example need several years to fully mature.
  9. There doesn't seem to be any reddish coloring to the wings at all. Usually the rufous coloring of the wings is very noticeable on Swamps.
  10. Thanks for posting the link, Jerry. Great site with some really interesting articles!
  11. Thank you all; I appreciate the responses. I guess it's one of those birds lol. Interestingly we ran the photos through merlin id, and top suggestion for first photo was Coop, and top suggestion for second photo was Sharpie. I also found a falconry-related website that claimed male Cooper's have rounder head profiles than females ( I have actually noticed this among my backyard Cooper's). Also, Peterson's hawk guide says that immature male Cooper's tend to have chest streaking extend lower into the belly than the females. Wish I had better photo. Here is the only other one I have of the second bird:
  12. Thanks, Jerry and I see exactly what you mean. There's really nothing in this photo to suggest a Sharpie, is there. I'm thinking they might even be the same bird. Streaking seems a little different but that could just be poor photo artifacts. And my size observation in the field isn't really worth much on its own. But I'm disappointed in the consensus because I had a good look at its flight style and at this point, that should be enough for me to differentiate the two.
  13. It looks a little exotic to be either a Hairy or a Downy. Very speckled breast, and wings too. You're in Texas so I'm not familiar at all with the possibilities there. Ladder-backed?
  14. Hello and yes, this again... I've gotten much better at telling the difference between these two, but most of the ones I see are perched in my backyard.? In flight, under variable conditions, is another story. These two photos were taken at the same location, day apart, this weekend. Downstate NY. The first bird was dive-bombing crows very aggressively, and going after them in flight. It was a powerful flier. My guess was that it's an immature Cooper's hawk. The sharp chest markings that fade at the top of the belly also suggest Cooper's. The second bird looked smaller to me, and its flight style not as weighty, lighter wingbeats. I watched it dive-bomb some high grasses where sparrows had been lurking. Just looked more lightweight in its attack than the other bird the day before. The chest markings, to me, appear to be heavier and extending a bit lower. My guess for this one would be immature Sharp-shinned. But I'm really unsure and would like input from others here. The two photos are heavily cropped and lightened a bit for clearer detail. Thanks for your help.
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