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Cooper's Hawk Dines Here
This Cooper's Hawk is dining at my window everyday. He hits all the birds into the window, and scoops them up, and dinner is here! I'm not happy about it. But, I know, I know he has to eat too! Tricky Bird IDs: Sharp-shinned Hawk and Cooper's Hawk -Sharp-shinned (Accipiter striatus) and Coopers (Accipiter cooperii) hawks commonly prey on feeder birds, and they are frequently reported by FeederWatchers. Despite their common occurrence, these hawks present a significant identification problem for many beginning and intermediate (and even more advanced!) birders. There is great variation in plumage and in size for these two species. Therefore, perhaps more than any other similar-looking birds, no single field mark is likely to distinguish one species from the other. Instead, the careful observer must use a combination of field marks and draw from the overall "gestalt" of the hawk for proper identification. No field guide will substitute for plenty of practice in the field.
If you observed one of these two hawks during a FeederWatch count and you ar not absolutely certain of the hawk's identification, please report the bird as an "Accipiter sp." (the genus in which these two species are classified). You may need to add this species name to your list using the Add a Species function.
January 10th, 2013
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