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For weeks my yard’s been having constant visits from a large young Cooper’s Hawk (picture 1), who seems to have a taste for pigeons.  But we’ve also seen glimpses of what we think is a smaller accipiter, also a young bird.   Today we were able to get some shots of what looks like the smaller bird.  Looking at the head, eyes, and beak make me think this one might be a Sharp-shinned, but I still wouldn’t be surprised if I’m wrong.  Thanks for your input.

1. This is the big Coop:

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2,3. These are 'junior':

smallhawk3 (2)smallhawk4

 

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I'd go with Sharp-shinned for #2 as well.  The blotchy orange breast streaking also supports Sharpie.

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1 hour ago, The Bird Nuts said:

The blotchy orange breast streaking also supports Sharpie.

Thank you, Melierax, and thank you, The Bird Nuts, for this additional id tip! It definitely can be applied to this bird.

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 oh no, third day, third accipiter... unprecedented for my yard!  It's like a tag team.  Must be their year.  They are magnificent but. . .  my poor feeder birds!   

I've never even id'd a mature one.  Somebody on this board recently posted  'capped - cooper's, same - sharpie'.... big eyes, short neck. . . so I am guessing this could be a Sharp-shinned?   What do you say?  (location is Lawn Gyland, NY)

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Yes, you see how the dark gray that is on top of the head extends all the way down the neck? That's what gives Sharp-shinned what we call a "hooded" appearance. On an adult Cooper's, the dark gray does not go down the neck, giving it what we call a "capped" appearance.

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