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Cooper's or Sharp-shinned ??

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Today (12/07/2019) in North Georgia backyard - good picture (I got lucky) of a hawk landing on my privacy fence in backyard.

I think I see characteristics of both Cooper's and Sharp-shinned hawks.

I've attached a pic

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This is an adult Cooper's Hawk. Note the very bulky overall, relatively large, blocky head with a light nape creating a capped appearance (Sharp-shinned would have a dark nape on a rounded head creating a hooded appearance), eyes close to the front of the head, and thick legs.

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