[CT Birds] Unknown Hawk

Jim Pfeifer Jim.Pfeifer at erm.com
Wed Feb 17 09:49:29 EST 2016

I have to say that I love when someone posts an ID quiz like this.  The immature accipiters are a challenge for me and many birders out there, novice and advanced birders alike, I think.  When I look at this bird, the immediate knee-jerk reaction is coopers, based on the long tail, thin dark streaks on the breast, and the head shape, plus the size and shape (barrel-shaped body) just looks like a coop. The tail looks more square, which is a Sharpie trait, but I think it is just how the tail feathers are positioned.  My guess on this bird is a Coopers.


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From: CTBirds [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Michael Ashley via CTBirds
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:37 PM
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Unknown Hawk

Hello everyone,
I was wondering if anyone could identify this juvenile hawk.  I have narrowed it down to a coopers or sharp-shrined.  Please let me now.


Thank you,
Michael Aronson
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