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Hi everyone, I need some help identifying this/these hawks. First photo taken on a rainy morning, the next three perched on a dead tree and the final photo perched on a sign. All photos taken within 200’ of each other on three separate days during the last couple of weeks. Local birding experts think they are either a young Cooper’s Hawk or Sharp-shinned. Photographed near Knoxville TN. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Welcome to Whatbird and nice photos!

These are actually young Broad-winged Hawks. Note the short tail, indicating a Buteo-type (not Accipter-type) hawk. Next, the plain brown back and wings, thin bands on the tail, and stocky appearance all point to a young Broad-winged Hawk.

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Definitely not Cooper's or Sharp-shinned.  But why aren't these (faded?) young Red-shouldereds?  The breast patterns seem rather dense and isn't that the translucent part of the primaries I see in the third photo?  Are Broad-wings already back in the U.S.?

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5 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Definitely not Cooper's or Sharp-shinned.  But why aren't these (faded?) young Red-shouldereds?  The breast patterns seem rather dense and isn't that the translucent part of the primaries I see in the third photo?  Are Broad-wings already back in the U.S.?

Sorry, you're correct.

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37 minutes ago, akandula said:

Sorry, you're correct.

Please excuse my confusion on Akandula’s response to The Bird Nuts reply. Is there agreement that this is a young Red-shoulder and not a Broad-winged? 

Thank you all. This is an awesome community of birders!😀👍

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1 hour ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Definitely not Cooper's or Sharp-shinned.  But why aren't these (faded?) young Red-shouldereds?  The breast patterns seem rather dense and isn't that the translucent part of the primaries I see in the third photo?  Are Broad-wings already back in the U.S.?

Agree with young red-shouldered.  Very similar to this picture taken in central Tennessee

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