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Bird ID - Chincoteague NWR, coastal Virginia, USA Dec 2017 (1 Viewer)

dhhatfield

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I visited Chincoteague Nat'l Wildlife Refuge on Dec 1, 2017 (and at other times!) In recently reviewing some photos, I noticed some of a bird that I do not recognize, and am quite sure I have never seen. So I am seeking input here. I hope that the photos I post will have enough details for an ID. Thanks in advance for any input.
 

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birdmeister

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I would be very comfortable calling this a Sharp-shinned Hawk, too. First of all, the overall very stocky wings, only somewhat pointed, strongly suggest an Accipiter to me.

The tail is very strikingly squared off, enough to really go against a Cooper's. The tail and head both look small to me, but this is a bit tougher given the bird's angle (flying away). The one feature that is not affected by this is the trailing edge of the wing, which shows shows the heavily curved profile of a Sharp-shinned (Cooper's normally shows a straighter trailing edge).
 

KC Foggin

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I've lightened one of the screen shotsl Hope this helps.
 

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