[Tweeters] Accipiter ID

Bud Anderson falconresearch at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 14:04:51 PST 2015


Not sure what the problem is.....you nailed it.

As others have said here, it's a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk.

I would add the wooden matchstick sized tarsus (Cooper's, especially
females, are much thicker), the long, thin bird catching toes (Cooper's are
thicker, shorter proportionately here too), the lack of a crest (Coopers
often show one, Sharpys never), and the quality of the breast streaking,
i.e. broad brush strokes with barred flanks, not the elongated, thin tear
drops typical of most, but not all, Coopers. Slightly indented forehead
instead of the smooth Coopers slope. Plus the big eyes.

Really nice photos I might add.

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Bud Anderson
Falcon Research Group
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Bow, WA 98232
(360) 757-1911
falconresearch at gmail.com
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