[CT Birds] Sharpie or Cooper's
Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz
rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Fri Nov 23 19:36:07 EST 2012
Last week's photos of the juvenile Cooper's Hawk generated considerable, interesting, on-line and off-line discussions about identification and field marks (thanks Amy!). This past week, you presented a beautiful full frame portrait of an adult accipiter - and there's silence. There's an obvious reason: the plumage of adult Sharpies and Coops are extremely similar.
I've contemplated the crown, argued about the auriculars, analyzed the eye placement. My guess is it is a fluffed-up Sharpy, based only on an impression of the head shape. Can't adult accipiters be identified, without a perfect view of the crown color, nape color, or shape of the crown? Are there any useful field marks in this photo?
From: Joe Gaylor <fjgaylorphotography at gmail.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:34 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Sharpie or Cooper's
This guy http://on.fb.me/WiZ2u8 was around the feeder this afternoon.
Always have an awful time with these two. http://on.fb.me/WiZ2u8
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