Jump to content
Whatbird Community

Cooper's or Sharp-shinned?


Recommended Posts

37 minutes ago, Ed hogg said:

I believe that is a Cooper's Hawk.

I could be wrong, but this looks more like a sharp-shinned hawk. The rounded head, grayish and not contrasting feathers on the nape, and the relatively thin legs look like sharp-shinned.

https://www.audubon.org/news/a-beginners-guide-iding-coopers-and-sharp-shinned-hawks

This helpful article is by my favorite author and birder ever: Nicholas Lund!

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

22 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Those fence pickets are 3.5" wide.  This bird is about 9" or 10" long.  It also looks somewhat bug-eyed.

Charlie, did you account for the tail extending below the feet (behind the fence)?  Guesstimating how far down the tail extends, I'm measuring 14-15" (much better for Cooper's).

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

22 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

The head is really all you need to identify this as a Cooper's.  The flat top of the head is even with the top of the bill and the eyes are small and "mean looking" and close to the bill.  The body is bulky and the feet are still too robust for a Sharpie.

These hawks give me so much trouble. Really, it's hard without the tail. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

These hawks give me so much trouble. Really, it's hard without the tail. 

The more you look at them the easier it is to recognize the different shapes/proportions.  Some more intermediate birds are more difficult, and I still have trouble with them in flight.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...