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  1. slightly harder challenge this time my money on young Cooper's hawk, but not sure thanks
  2. Coopers vs sharpie? Looks like juvenile but I can’t tell which
  3. Is the linked photo a Coopers Hawk or Sharp-shinned? https://www.flickr.com/photos/89289836@N04/34167402305/in/dateposted/ I think it's a Cooper's Hawk due to the more rounded tail....what to you think? Thanks, Prem
  4. Found in Busey Woods, Urbana, IL. Looked small, but hard to tell (far away).
  5. I saw this bird today in the foothills of northern Colorado and I really, really want it to be a goshawk. There have been reports of one in the area within the last 20 days so it's a possibility, but still much more likely to be a Cooper's. It was definitely of the accipiter family and on the large side, and was seen in a scraggly deciduous tree at the base of a ponderosa pine forest this afternoon. Whatever it is, it's a juvenile and/or non-breeding-plumage individual which makes ID even trickier. I'm not sure it will even be possible to nail down an exact species because my pictures are pretty terrible, but I'd greatly appreciate any feedback/opinions you have to offer. The first is the best shot I've got of the bird, the second provides a glimpse of the tail shape and pattern, and the last sort of shows the back of its head. Thanks!
  6. @lternateplumage

    Accipiter ID Help

    Observed this juvenile Accipiter dive-bomb a marshy pond in SE South Dakota on Aug. 31st in pursuit of some ducks and shorebirds to no avail before it retreated to this distant tree across the water. It came in very powerfully, sending ripples through the water and giving an early impression of a Peregrine, only bigger. The earliest reported sightings of Northern Goshawk in this region are in late September. This is unfortunately a very poor and distant photo, but a very bold supercillium is obvious. What do you think? https://www.dropbox.com/s/4pd3zwcqnghwe1w/IMG_1539.JPG?dl=0 Thanks!
  7. Raptor Rapture

    Hawk ID

    First thought was Broad Wing ... wing projection/tail seemed short, seemed too bulky for Accip. Behavior says Broad Wing also. I've never seen a Coop perch on utility pole before (10" pole). However, the more I look at it, the more I am losing confidence in my initial ID. Thoughts?
  8. I'm sure this question has been asked a million times like my last one, so I'll apologize in advance. This bird has visited several times over the past few months and I *think* it's a Cooper's Hawk. But then again, it could be a Sharp-Shinned. I've looked at the online ID's of both birds and just not been able to figure it out.
  9. This beauty landed on my roof not more than 10 feet away from my husband. He amazingly had a camera close by, and got this picture. As soon as he took it, the hawk left with his pigeon prize.
  10. Two days in a row I've observed accipiters blow by (literally, in a 20 mph wind). I really struggle to observe clues for accipiter ID in flight. Should the Sharp-shinned notched tail be visible when the bird is looping laterally through the wind to cover ground? Is the notch notable when the tail is slightly flared or all the way flared? What else should I be looking for? Thanks. IDs may not be feasible with these poor fly by shots of two different birds . I mostly captured them to highlight the point. https://lh5.googleus...er_1_130130.jpg https://lh3.googleus...er_2_130131.png St. Petersburg, FL I have read some about "wrists" vs "shoulders", shiny underwing, etc. I guess I struggle to apply that given that I'm only going to see a handful of Sharp-shinneds a year at home.
  11. Hi! I seem to spend a lot of time asking for help. Well, here I go again. On a recent trip to Florida, my friends and I found this hawk along the side of the road on Merritt Island. After snapping several shots and before it flew off to another tree we began to discuss what hawk it was. We noticed the long tail and began to lean toward a Cooper. We'd like need help with a positive ID. I have a link to the pic on Flickr.
  12. Can someone please help me identify this hawk. I took this picture on 05/29/12 in Austin, Tx. I used my iBird Pro to narrow it down to one of the three hawks listed above, but now I'm stuck. This lovely hawk is very elusive and the picture was taken from far away and I have not been able to capture it in flight, so I am unable to use the under-body or even back to help with the identification. If you could please help me identify it, that would be great! Also, after identification, can you tell me how you were able to identify this beautiful hawk from the picture, that would be FANTASTIC! THANKS!
  13. https://lh6.googleus...20/DSCN2719.JPG https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-w5PfXA0CyK8/T2Qciybi1sI/AAAAAAAAAgI/rnIZ6b4iM-Q/s720/DSCN2720.JPG https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Hos6_VRcDVM/T2QciGbtFyI/AAAAAAAAAgA/UlaxMwT1e2Y/s720/DSCN2721.JPG https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EusMfxB9OtQ/T2QcpbXFELI/AAAAAAAAAgQ/ty6_tJ2g0cs/s720/DSCN2722.JPG https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-L3vxs451o34/T2Qcp-eZkdI/AAAAAAAAAgY/_ILb_7cnnA8/s720/DSCN2723.JPG