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David C

Cooper's or Sharp-shinned?

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Hi folks,

These photos were taken around noon today (March 17) at Rattray Marsh in Mississauga, Ontario - the spot is just a few minutes walk from the shore of Lake Ontario.  

The bird was perched right above the stream that runs through the marsh.  I was told by a birder today that there were Coopers nesting in the marsh, so I was leaning in that direction until I looked at the pictures on my computer - I'm not sure they're conclusive at all.  Any insight at all would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance,

David

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That is a Sharp-shinned Hawk.  Note the dark nape and cap that creates a hooded appearance, the rounded head with a steep forehead, the small-looking bill, and the big, round eyes.

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