[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.
From: "Mntncougar at aol.com" <Mntncougar at aol.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2012 11:16 AM
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
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