[CT Birds] Sharpie/Coop

Jim Zipp jimzipp at sbcglobal.net
Fri Nov 18 07:15:21 EST 2016

Actually I believe the bird to be an immature Cooper's Hawk. Note the blocky large tawny head and especially how small the eye looks which is more or less centered on the head front to back. Sharpies are pin headed and bug eyed. Also the amount of white markings on the back while not diagnostic are much more common in Cooper's than Sharpies. Also the slope of the top of it's head to the tip of it's beak is a continuous curve as Coopers show where Sharpies usually show the intersection of the forehead and beak less so. Hope this helps.  

Jim Zipp

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Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:48:26 -0500
From: Katherine Kuckens <katkuckens at gmail.com>
To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Sharp-shinned or Coopers?
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Had a front yard visitor yesterday morning. Photos here:


He/she perched high in a tree for about two hours.  Seemed small, head
seemed to be mostly a warm brown, yellow eye (not red).  Just faintly dark
spots on front, lots of big white feathers mixed into dark gray back.
Skinny yellow legs, long banded tail possibly notched.
Thanks for any identification tips!

Katherine Kuckens 

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