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Apologies for the low photo quality. Seen briefly outside my kitchen window in San Francisco, CA on Sep 27 2019. Is this a juvenile accipiter of some kind? Thank you!

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This is an immature Sharp-shinned Hawk due to the thick brown streaks on the underside, long, thinly barred tail, and small head. Cooper's would be less compact with thinner, more concentrated streaks and Merlins would have dark eyes.

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51 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

This looks like a male Cooper's Hawk to me -- I don't think it's compact enough for a Sharpie.

You may be right. At first glance, it looked bug-eyed, but now I’d agree with Cooper’s. Have always hated this ID.

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