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Tough Raptor ID with Bad Photos and Bad Audio


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I’m pretty stuck on this one. There were two raptors sitting on the utility pole, spotted in San Bernardino, CA.It was bright and I sadly didn’t have my binoculars, so I couldn’t see them clearly, or even get decent photos. An angry mockingbird wouldn’t leave them alone.

They were dark brown on top and white with dark brown streaks underneath. The undertail coverts, as far as I could see, were white without streaks. The tails looked fairly long. 

They were making sounds, which can be heard most clearly in the video starting at 0:07. Apologies for poor video and photo quality. 

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I think you’re right. Never seen a juvenile Cooper’s before.

I have found audio of a young Cooper’s hawk making similar noises. The video is working from my end, I wonder if I’m the only one who can see it.

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