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  1. Kestrel or Merlin ?

    I agree that Merlin is your best bet.....I can see why you jumped to NOHA--it was quite tempting. But the long wings are too pointed for a harrier and there is no white rump.
  2. What kind of Hawk?

    Agree with RSH.
  3. Type of Hawk Sharpie? Coopers? Red Shouldered?

    Agree with Coopers Hawk.
  4. Coopers

    Yes, Coopers. Look at how big the bill looks and how small the eye looks on the head, too. Keep looking for the Sharp-shinned!
  5. What birds migrate South in January

    To answer the broad question in the title, many raptors do this too....Saw-whet owls will mostly stay as far north as a lack of snow cover permits (think how small they are) and usually it isn't until mid winter that we (here in souther NY) get a big influx of Rough-legged hawks. And water birds too, as mentioned, is also a big one. Usually once the great lakes start freezing over, you end up seeing a big push south.
  6. Which accipter

    That's a classic SSH in flight look. Notice small head and bulky wings that bulge a little at the body (compared to Coopers in flight).
  7. Another Accipiter ID

    This is a Coopers Hawk. You can't look for rounded back of tail, though. Only the front (underside) of the tail, and to see if the front tail feathers are shorter than the back ones (tail graduation, which would point to Coopers). But in this case the bird has a white tipped tail, and what I would call thick legs and a big head. Of course always easier when you see the front of the bird if it is a juvenile......
  8. Coopers

    Yes, this is a Coopers Hawk. Thin streaking and big head....
  9. Confirm/ID

    Yes, absolutely....they are under detected and then usually under reported. They can be tricky to ID and the ambition factor usually plays a big role....many birders turn Coopers and sometimes even young RSH and SSH into goshawks because that's what they want them to be....and with some exceptions, you usually know when you've seen a goshawk if you're being objective about it and have decent raptor ID skills. Anyway, that's one you may not see again for a while!
  10. Coopers or Sharp-shinned

    Big legs, big head, big bill, eye not center in head.....all the missing clues that say Coopers .....and then of course the nape being pale, which is the most diagnostic one of all. Anyway just be careful with what bug-like eyes really means.....we usually say that only because SSH eyes look more central (further from bill) in the head and perhaps a bit bigger than in CH.
  11. Confirm/ID

    And an especially GREAT BIRD for south central Kansas. Congrats! Only a handful of sightings on ebird in the last few years in the state...
  12. What hawk is this?

    Juv. Broad-winged hawk is usually lighter overall and has shorter tail, and this bird is the wrong shape for an accipiter (like a sharp-shinned or coopers). Among other differences mentioned above, but that's enough to get you to red-shouldered hawk in this case.
  13. Confirm/ID

    1 looks like a Red-tailed Hawk to me....but let a western birder with Swainson experience confirm that. 2 is a Northern Goshawk....with that big body, prominent white supercilium, long and tapering wings, and WIDE tail. Great bird! I'll pass on the rest.
  14. Raptor phots added, sorry

    Buteo like shape with long tail and random streaking patterns is enough to lead you to that ID in this case. Juvenile broad-winged hawk is the most similar but usually shows less (and thinner) streaking and a shorter tail.
  15. Cooper's or Sharp-Shinned?

    Going off of that, too....don't make the 'square vs. rounded' mistake here. It's easy to look at the third photo and say CH because of rounded tail. NOT TRUE. Only look at tail graduation and from the underside of the tail. I agree with sharp-shinned hawk. The dark nape in photo number one is a giveaway but so are the pencil thin legs.