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The first is a young Cooper's Hawk with the long tail, yellow eyes, and thin streaking on the breast.  I think the second is a young Red-shouldered Hawk with the brown eyes, shorter (but still relatively long) tail, slightly thinner tail bands, and barred secondaries.

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3 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

The first is a young Cooper's Hawk with the long tail, yellow eyes, and thin streaking on the breast.  I think the second is a young Red-shouldered Hawk with the brown eyes, shorter (but still relatively long) tail, slightly thinner tail bands, and barred secondaries.

I agree.

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Thanks.  Wasn't sure if the first one was a Cooper's or Sharpie.  I have a hard time telling them apart so your rationale was helpful.

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Other things to look at on the Cooper's: the beefier feet, uneven tail feathers (the outer tail feathers, which are in front in your photo, are shorter than the rest), and the smaller eyes with a serious expression.

The Red-shouldered is similar to a young Red-tailed, but a Red-tailed would have a slightly shorter tail with thinner dark bands and I would expect the streaking on the belly to be darker and more blotchy.

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