Friday, April 4, 2014

Cooper or Sharp-shinned?

Seen at the Lighthouse of Sanibel for a brief moment. Can you identify?


  1. Definitive Cooper's: fineness of breast streaks, overall whitish appearance of underparts, head more projecting than SSHA, forward-placed eyes - don't be distracted by the apparent squareness of tail; close look seems to show rectrices of graduated length, typical of Cooper's. - Chris Floyd, Lexington, MA, with plans to visit Sanibel 8-10 April

  2. Taking another look at this, I am changing my opinion - the streaks look too heavy for a Cooper's and the head too small. Probably a Sharp-shinned Hawk. I am out of practice! - Chris Floyd, Lexington, MA