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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

      Here is a short article with advice for what to do if you find a baby bird or one that appears to be sick or injured. Bird rescue article Please feel free to post here if you have questions or need more help.
JimUSNY

This is a definate Sharpie right?

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The person that took it had it listed as coopers, and I corrected him, but he still thinks it might be a coopers, and other birders that saw it IDed it as coopers too.. to me its a plain out no doubt Sharpie, but I have been wrong before

24016075947_7a5270e1f3_h.jpgpouncing sharp-shinned hawk by ricardo00, on Flickr

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Another for Sharpie, like Painted Bunting said, if you need more opinions. The nape is unmistakable, and those scrawny legs.

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1 hour ago, creeker said:

Another for Sharpie, like Painted Bunting said, if you need more opinions. The nape is unmistakable, and those scrawny legs.

Creeker,  would you provide more information on your nape comment?  What specifically about the nape identifies this as a Sharpie?

Thanks in advance!

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A useful point to look at on the head is the rear edge of the auriculars. On a Sharpie, there's a contrast between rufous cheeks and blue-gray nape. On Coops, the nape is paler, and the color on the auriculars blends into the nape, so there's no contrast.

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