Jump to content
Whatbird Community

Recommended Posts

Is this definitely a Sharp-shinned Hawk? It would be a lifer. All photos are of the same individual. Taken in SE Pennsylvania today. Thanks a lot!

0K2A8136.jpg.05b92fe6c7bbe4e9a8602d6c2bc1d87d.jpg0K2A8137.jpg.bafcb5ef1675d87dd0f8ad5d862c18d0.jpg0K2A8139.jpg.6baa0cb58181db53b8b875832a37e070.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 minutes ago, Trevor L. said:

I know I’m in trouble when you can’t ID it. 😆😬

Haha, I mean I’m pretty confident that it’s a Sharpie — just confirming a lifer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OK fellas!  😏🤔   This question is a regular on this forum - with guidebook worthy photos you always give a list of key points on which you based your ID. On the worst sharp-shinned/coopers photos posted in a while (which are in reality as good a view as most of us ever see of them) not one note as to how it was distinguished from the other. Shame on you! 😁

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
35 minutes ago, SirVive said:

OK fellas!  😏🤔   This question is a regular on this forum - with guidebook worthy photos you always give a list of key points on which you based your ID. On the worst sharp-shinned/coopers photos posted in a while (which are in reality as good a view as most of us ever see of them) not one note as to how it was distinguished from the other. Shame on you! 😁

Accipiters in flight are often easier to ID than perched accipiters, in my opinion... note the square tail, relatively small head and pulled forward wrists all suggesting Sharp-shineed Hawk here.

  • Like 4
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wing beats can help distinguish, too. Both flap and glide, but Sharp-shinned have a quick wing beat. I would describe it as a flutter that barely takes them anywhere. It looks like they are trying to get traction and can't. Cooper's have a slightly slower wing beat.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...