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Coopers or Sharp-shinned

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My vote is sharp shinned due to there being no break in coloration on the back of the neck, rounded head and bug eyed appearance. But wait for the experts 🙂

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I'm with Kerri for exactly the same reasons.  The dark head feathers go too far down the nape for Cooper's.

@spoonbill21, nice in-flight photos!  Good job of keeping the bird in the frame!

Edited by Charlie Spencer

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Additionally, the first pic shows the bird's head elevated above the plane of the body, a behavior that I associate with Sharp-shinned. I don't know why they do it, but I see it frequently in Sharpies and only rarely in Coops.

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On 1/9/2020 at 1:09 PM, Tony Leukering said:

Additionally, the first pic shows the bird's head elevated above the plane of the body, a behavior that I associate with Sharp-shinned. I don't know why they do it, but I see it frequently in Sharpies and only rarely in Coops.

I really didn’t know how to put it, but that set me off to it being a Sharpie, too, and I’ve never really seen one so that.

Edited by Trevor L.

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