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sharpie vs coopers?

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Leaning toward cooper's based on the shape of the tail but don't see the lighter nape feathers in the photo with the head turned which makes me second guess. Thanks in advance for the help!

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Yes, this is an adult Cooper’s Hawk. Note the very bulky overall, relatively large, blocky head, and eyes close to the front of the head. Like you were saying, the uneven tail feathers from underneath (the outer tail feathers are shorter than the outer) are a telltale sign of a Coop. The lighting is probably making it hard to see the light nape.

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