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KevAtty

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Saw this hawk in downtown Columbus this afternoon. Horrible shot with phone but thought someone can help with ID given the tail markings. Thanks.

Unidentified Hawk Cols 02.18.20.jpg

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Head and body shape and tail length point to Red-shouldered Hawk being the only possibility. Cooper’s Hawks have longer tails, and are more slender overall. Red-tailed Hawks are bulkier overall.

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Don’t overestimate the importance of plumage features in ID (such as the tail markings), lest you underestimate the importance of size, shape and bodily proportions. Buteos in many cases are best ID’d by shape because plumage is so variable.

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3 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk -- tawny head, tail with wide, pale stripes

I agree with Cooper's Hawk.

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Phew - my first reaction was also Cooper's, based largely on head profile although I agree with Alex that the tail does look quite short, but Sharp-shinned does not fit.

The downtown location was a clincher.

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