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Yes, juvenile Cooper's Hawk. The second shot shows well how the outer tail feathers are shorter than the central ones (to distinguish from Sharp-shinned Hawk). Long tail marks it as an Accipiter, as does the overall shape. Large head also a mark against Sharp-shinned Hawk.

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3 minutes ago, adrian said:

Yes, juvenile Cooper's Hawk. The second shot shows well how the outer tail feathers are shorter than the central ones (to distinguish from Sharp-shinned Hawk). Long tail marks it as an Accipiter, as does the overall shape. Large head also a mark against Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Thanks.  After going over the guides and my old photos, I came to the same conclusion. Not often that they are seen soaring.

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1 minute ago, hbvol50 said:

Thanks.  After going over the guides and my old photos, I came to the same conclusion. Not often that they are seen soaring.

Perhaps not so often during the breeding season (though they still do soar), but I very often see Cooper's Hawks soaring, most often during migration and winter. I'd say 90% or more of my Cooper's Hawk sightings are soaring birds.

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