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Old Monday 11th February 2019, 18:00   #1
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Missouri Hawk

Took this photo about a week ago alongside the road. Wondered whether its a Cooper's or something else. Thanks for your help.
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Old Monday 11th February 2019, 18:40   #2
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Young Red-shouldered. Note the tail that is just a little longer than the wingtips, the barring on the secondaries, and the red coming in on the shoulder. Cooper's Hawks have longer tails, thinner legs, paler eyes, and longer streaks on the breast at this age.
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Old Monday 11th February 2019, 18:47   #3
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Yes, a Red-shouldered Hawk and nicely captured.
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Old Monday 11th February 2019, 18:53   #4
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Thanks very much. I should have paid more attention to the red shoulder.
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Old Monday 11th February 2019, 20:04   #5
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Thanks very much. I should have paid more attention to the red shoulder.
Here's an immature Cooper's Ann for comparison.

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Nothing against Ken, but his example is not what a typical young Cooper's Hawk would look like (it almost looks like a Goshawk). This one is better for comparison: http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/falconi...-juvenile1.jpg
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Nothing against Ken, but his example is not what a typical young Cooper's Hawk would look like (it almost looks like a Goshawk). This one is better for comparison: http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/falconi...-juvenile1.jpg
My shot was taken from Portland, Oregon, (perhaps Western birds are bigger?) two Juv.females and a male, they were “hanging-out” almost adjacent to the nest, and remarkably I witnessed one of the females drop down onto a Grey Squirrel, which was promptly dispatched with consumate ease. On size the Juv. females were perhaps 20% larger than the sibling male. I can recall that the tails were a considerable length, all in all, an amazing spectacle watching the birds, which appeared fearless...down to perhaps 7-8 metres at times.

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My shot was taken from Portland, Oregon, (perhaps Western birds are bigger?) two Juv.females and a male, they were “hanging-out” almost adjacent to the nest, and remarkably I witnessed one of the females drop down onto a Grey Squirrel, which was promptly dispatched with consumate ease. On size the Juv. females were perhaps 20% larger than the sibling male. I can recall that the tails were a considerable length, all in all, an amazing spectacle watching the birds, which appeared fearless...down to perhaps 7-8 metres at times.

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I'm not sure about size difference between western and eastern, but immature western Cooper's do tend to be more heavily marked as your bird is. It seems unusually dark, but I suppose that could be due to lighting. I had a similar experience watching three young Cooper's Hawks up close. I was shaking in excitement!
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