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Seen at Lost Lake in Fresno, CA today. Have so much trouble telling these apart. The chest and head seem good for Cooper's but the legs do look thin and the tail in the second shot square. Help appreciated.


DSCN6555 Coopers best.JPG

DSCN6556 Coopers taking flight.JPG


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1 hour ago, Mindy Smith said:

Thanks but don't understand what you mean about graduated  tail feathers. Nice to have you weight in. I always learn from reading your posts.

Looking the the folded tail in photo one, the outer tail feathers (the ones that don’t have any other feathers “on top” of them) are shorter than the central ones. Sharpies have equally long tail feathers. Hope that helps!

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