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When I saw this bird chasing a flock of Rock Pigeons this afternoon at Jones Beach NY, I thought it was probably a Merlin. After looking at it on my computer, I think it might be an immature Cooper's Hawk. Is it?

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Yes, this is an immature Cooper’s Hawk. Note the hooked small bill and long barred tail. While adults have gray upperparts, a black cap, gray nape, red eye, pale, reddish-streaked underparts, immatures have brown upperparts, white, heavy thin streaked underparts, and a yellow eye. In flight, note the rounded tail and white terminal band.

Immature Sharp-shinned Hawks differ from immature Cooper’s by their stockier build, thinner legs, and broad, blurry streaking. Immature Sharp-shinned Hawks also have a more square-tipped tail.

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Thanks,

Although I have been seeing Merlins for a week or so, this is the first Cooper's I've seen this fall. Looking through my collection, I see that I first saw one last fall on Sept. 22 in the same area and saw them into December. I still haven't seen an adult.

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2 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

It's a Cooper's Hawk in juvenile plumage, thus is a juvenile.

Glad to see you back, Tony.

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