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A few inflight photos, cropped, from this morning in Chapel Hill, NC.  I think it's either a Cooper's or a Shape-shinned, the bird seemed on the small side.

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That's an adult Cooper's. Note the bulky shape, "capped" appearance, and graduated tail feathers.

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In the first photo notice the posture, the way it is holding itself at full soar - with a very straight leading edge to the wing, and a fairly large head that projects pretty far forward beyond the wings.

Sharp-shinned Hawks will usually look like they are "reaching forward" more with their winds, that is, the wrist is pushed forward a little in full soar. This pushing forward of the wings, combined with a smaller head than a Cooper's Hawk, means that there is very little projection of the head beyond the leading edge of the wings.

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