[CT Birds] Sharpie/Coop

Ryan Wirtes tachycineta at fastmail.com
Fri Nov 18 12:52:52 EST 2016

It's amazing to me how photos change appearance when you focus on some
of the details too closely, missing the forest for the trees so to
speak.  After Jim's ID tips, I looked at the photos and thought, "yeah,
it's obviously a cooper's!"  The head even looks too big to be a
sharpie, yet when I initially tried to ID the bird, the head didn't seem
that big.  Thank you Katherine for posting and thank you Jim for your
expertise.  It was a good learning experience!  I will be saving this
email for future reference.

Ryan Wirtes

On Fri, Nov 18, 2016, at 07:15 AM, Jim Zipp via CTBirds wrote:
> 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:
> https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2gPPFos7bHkblNHenJGMmZTc0k?usp=sharing
> .
> 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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