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Old Saturday 7th April 2018, 05:48   #1
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Hello Everyone!

I am not a big bird watcher but yesterday, 04-06-18, a bird landed in my yard in Chicago that I don't ever recall seeing before.

Do any of you know what it is?

Thanks for any help you can be.
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Old Saturday 7th April 2018, 06:07   #2
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It’s a hawk, a young Sharp-shinned or Cooper’s. They look very similar to one another, differing mainly in size. From the photo, I’m not sure which one yours is
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Old Saturday 7th April 2018, 06:16   #3
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It’s a hawk, a young Sharp-shinned or Cooper’s. They look very similar to one another, differing mainly in size. From the photo, I’m not sure which one yours is
I agree, isn't the very thin tarsi better for SSH ?
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The tail had several fairly wide stripes or bands that were pretty big and ran across rather than lengthwise.

Is this normal in my area? As I mentioned, I have never seen one before.
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Old Saturday 7th April 2018, 06:57   #5
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The tail had several fairly wide stripes or bands that were pretty big and ran across rather than lengthwise.

Is this normal in my area? As I mentioned, I have never seen one before.
Yes, both species have barred tails as per your description.

Is the bird standing on prey of some sort? Hard to be sure from the photo.

And I agree with Schollaert about the thinness of the legs and the likelihood therefore that the hawk is a Sharp-shinned rather than a Cooper’s

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Yes, both species have barred tails as per your description.

Is the bird standing on prey of some sort? Hard to be sure from the photo.

And I agree with Schollaert about the thinness of the legs and the likelihood therefore that the hawk is a Sharp-shinned rather than a Cooper’s
No. That was one of the things that seemed unusual. He was just standing there bending over and pecking at the ground. I'm used to seeing robins do this but his much longer legs changed the appearance completely.
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Is the bird standing on prey of some sort?

I just went out and checked. There are feathers all over the place and not much else.

Thanks for the help.
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I just went out and checked. There are feathers all over the place and not much else.
Looks like the prey was avian, then—Sharpies are small bird specialists—which the hawk would killed and plucked (and maybe partially eaten) on the spot before flying off with whatever remained of the carcass for consumption elsewhere.
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