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#1 JeffR

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:37 PM

Only got a back view of him. Is this a red tail or Swainsons?

http://pinterest.com...15300704116906/

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:39 PM

Looks like a young Cooper's, based on the long tail with a rounded white tip.
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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:55 PM

Thanks Creeker. I googled coopers and it looks very convincing


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Posted 09 September 2012 - 04:01 PM

Jeff, here's a really good site for Cooper's and Sharpies.....

http://www.birds.cor...iterIDtable.htm
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Posted 09 September 2012 - 07:00 PM

Thanks. Great site. This hawk could easily be mistaken for the sharp-shinned hawk.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 10:50 PM

To tell the truth, I'm not sure I could call this either way -- all of the best field marks for Sharpies and Cooper's aren't visible. The white tip on the tail is much discussed, but is present on Sharpies as well as Coops. The two tail feathers visible appear to be rounded, which is a mark in favor of Coop, but the back feathers show hardly any pale edging, which I believe is better for Sharpie.




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