Another Hawk...Coopers/Sharp-shinned?

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Another Hawk...Coopers/Sharp-shinned?

Postby steg » Nov 15, 2010 2:23 pm

I think?

This one was smaller than the other one (the Red Tail), so I'm thinking Coopers. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. It was still a good size as he was on my back fence.

I love big birds and I can not lie........ 8-)
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Re: Another Hawk...Coopers

Postby Tigger » Nov 15, 2010 3:14 pm

Could be Sharp-Shinned, though.

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Re: Another Hawk...Coopers

Postby steg » Nov 15, 2010 3:26 pm

You could be right Tigger. I know those two are hard to tell apart. The Sharp-shinned is a little smaller.

Based on the picture and measuring the bird against the fence below, then going out and measuring the fence - I'd put the size at 13-15".

Sharp-shinned: 10-14"
Coopers: 14-20"

All that measuring and it doesn't get any clearer on which one. Oh well.....
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Re: Another Hawk...Coopers

Postby Ginger » Nov 15, 2010 4:09 pm

What color were his feet? Did he have a orange cast to his breast? I am thinking Coopers also, but from the back it is hard to tell. Maybe Nanny56 will know.

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Re: Another Hawk...Coopers

Postby Ginger » Nov 15, 2010 4:13 pm

I am stuck on Coopers!

steg wrote:I love big birds and I can not lie........
too funny !!!!! Now it is going through my head :???: :lol:
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Re: Another Hawk...Coopers/Sharp-shinned?

Postby steg » Nov 15, 2010 7:48 pm

Unfortunately I didn't get to see it fly off at all. I took about 4 quick pics and then went to call my neighbor. I owed him one since he came to get me when the Red-Tail was out. I looked up before I could place the call and he had already flown off. Couldn't see the feet either. oh well....

sorry about the song, just couldn't help it....for what it's worth I can't get the tune out of my head either. Maybe by tomorrow. :roll:
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Re: Another Hawk...Coopers/Sharp-shinned?

Postby Chris_W » Nov 15, 2010 7:55 pm

I'm curious to know WHAT you are putting in your bird feeders! :o
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Re: Another Hawk...Coopers/Sharp-shinned?

Postby steg » Nov 16, 2010 8:24 am

Chris - smaller birds..... :eek:

Just kidding, sort of.

I do have several other feeders and get quite a large number of smaller birds around. We also have a large number of squirrels around here. We're not too far from the Olentangy River and the open fields and wooded areas associated with the river.
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Re: Another Hawk...Coopers/Sharp-shinned?

Postby viktoria » Nov 16, 2010 10:37 am

I say Sharp-shinned Hawk because of eye color. Photos thru Google show green eyes on Cooper's.

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Re: Another Hawk...Coopers/Sharp-shinned?

Postby nanny_56 » Nov 18, 2010 12:47 pm

Cooper's Hawk gets my vote!! By the way I am so jealous....Our Cooper's never lands where I can get a decent photo of it!
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Re: Another Hawk...Coopers/Sharp-shinned?

Postby newtohosta-no more » Jan 16, 2011 7:14 am

Whatever kind of hawk it is, it is beautiful! :D
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