accipter photo on BirdYak website

Mike Patterson celata at pacifier.com
Sun Mar 10 16:37:47 PST 2002


Accipiters are always a special challenge.

Part of what's confusing about this bird is the first
impression regarding size. It's eating a pigeon....
Pigeons, according to Sibley, are 12.5" and Sharp-shins
are 11". This is why old birders have lots of bird
books...

According to Wheeler and Clark (1995):
Sharp-shinned Hawk
males 9-11 in
females 11-13 in
Coopers Hawk
males 14-16 in
females 16-19 in

This is a subadult (juvenile) accipiter, being streaked
not barred. The smallish, rounded head, promenent
forehead, supercillium that extends behind the cap and
smallish beak all suggest Sharp-shinned Hawk. Sharp-shins
also generally show broader streaking with fairly broad
bars at the flanks. Cooper's usually show narrow breast
streaks and spotty, broken bars at the flanks.

Based on a single photo, I am inclined to call this a
juvenile female.

But I'm willing to be talked out of it...

Denny Granstrand wrote:

>

> Hi Tweeters,

>

> Today I put a photo of an accipter I identified as a juvenile Sharp-shinned

> Hawk on the BirdYak website:

>

> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BirdYak/

>

> Click on "photos" on the left side of the screen and then on the hawk photo.

> You can enlarge it by clicking on the larger photo as it comes up.

>

> It has been suggested that it is actually a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. We

> would appreciate any opinions on it. Please include a brief discussion of

> field marks to back up your opinion.

>

> Thanks

>

> Denny Granstrand

> * * * * * * * * * * *

> * Denny Granstrand *

> * Yakima, WA *

> * osprey at nwinfo.net *

> * * * * * * * * * * *

>

>


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Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
celata at pacifier.com

http://www.pacifier.com/~mpatters/bird/bird.html


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