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Hawk ~ caught a bird. You can see the feathers in his talon in the first pic I posted. 12=9-22




Hawk with bird in talon 12-9-22

8 responses to “Hawk”

  1. Paula says:

    Think this is a Sharp-shinned Hawk because of the wide dark horizontal bars on gray tail and reddish brown bars on underparts, and white fluffy undertail feathers.

  2. I can’t tell the difference. It’s either the coopers or sharp-shinned.

  3. Think it’s a cooper’s.I looked at Daniel Ali’s photos,and that one is a cooper’s.

  4. Ava says:

    I believe that this is a Cooper’s hawk. While it is very difficult to tell the two apart, there are a few subtle differences. One, Sharp-Shinned Hawks are about the size of a Blue Jay. Cooper’s hawks are usually about the size of a crow. That difference comes especially handy in this case where we can see the hawk with a bird in one of the photos. The hawk is noticeably larger than the bird it killed, giving us a clue to its size. Two, the tail on a Cooper’s is more round than a Sharpie’s tail. In this case, it’s harder to tell, but it appears that the tail might be more rounded than squared. I think it’s a Cooper’s hawk but I could easily be wrong.

  5. Paula says:

    I’m going to post a pic of it’s tail. The hawk was plucking it’s kill prior to eating ~ typical of Sharp-skinned Hawks which are permanent visiors in Vermont and very common.

  6. Texas Bird Family says:

    This is a Cooper’s Hawk. Sharp-shinned are tiny. About the size of a dove. Sharpies are also very dark orange. This is Cooper’s due to size and color. Great find!

  7. Micah Grove says:

    Coopers Hawk

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