[CT Birds] Sharpie vs. Cooper

Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Sat Nov 24 13:45:34 EST 2012

Amy's last photo shows a black cap and a contrasting lighter feathers all the way to the back of the nape.  As Don said, that is a field mark for adult Cooper's Hawk.  

I still have a lot of trouble determining relative leg thickness, especially at a distance.  

Steve Mayo

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Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Sharpie vs. Cooper
Just because I like to get in trouble I'm going to say I think  Amy's bird 
is a Coopers Hawk. The beak seems relatively large to me, in  relationship 
to the head, and the head appears large in relationship to the  body. Also, 
the tip of the tail is obviously rounded, although I don't  consider that the 
best field mark. 
But the sides of the lower face and the neck are very light colored, and my 
own impression and every good set of pictures I can find clearly seem to 
show  that as a trait of an adult Coop. An adult Sharpie has the bright red  
color/markings extending right up to the beak and under the eyes. This 
picture  is the best example of that:


And by the way, I do think that  bird looks rather fierce

Don Morgan
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