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Sharp-shinned or Cooper's? Savannah NY 3/10/23


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8 minutes ago, Snake Fingers said:

What would graduated tail feathers be? Just trying to learn more ways to distinguish Coops and Sharpies.

The tail feathers are of graduated length with each one being a bit longer than the one in front of it when looking at it folded like this. The outer tail feathers are the shortest causing the gradution in length to make the tail look rounded when the tail is spread. You can't see any variation in length of tail feathers when viewed from behind so you'll need other features to help in those situations.

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3 hours ago, lonestranger said:

I am seeing graduated tail feathers, which points towards Cooper's Hawk. Unlike the subjective features of big/small, the tail feathers are pretty conclusive, aren't they?

Also lacks the round head and dark hood versus dark cap on a flat head 

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32 minutes ago, lonestranger said:

The tail feathers are of graduated length with each one being a bit longer than the one in front of it when looking at it folded like this. The outer tail feathers are the shortest causing the gradution in length to make the tail look rounded when the tail is spread. You can't see any variation in length of tail feathers when viewed from behind so you'll need other features to help in those situations.

Thanks!

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