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Cooper's hawk or Sharp-shinned hawk? (1 Viewer)

kalikuma

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Hi birders,
I'd like some help ID'ing a hawk. I got some blurry photos of it, and I'm trying to figure out if it's a Cooper's hawk or a sharp-shinned hawk. I spotted this bird at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge in Washington State. Thank you!
 

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The Bird Nuts

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It's a Cooper's (flat, blocky head, top of beak is even with top of head, eyes toward front of head, tubular body, long tail).
 

birdmeister

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United States
I'm for Cooper's, too. I can see how the tail looks notched in the final image, but I'm seeing a large, bulky head like The Bird Nuts noted. Also, the rich tawny tones on the head contrast against the rest of the upperparts, a good mark for Cooper's.
 

kalikuma

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Thank you, everyone! I know I didn't give you the best quality photos to work with here, so I appreciate all of your inferences. Cooper's hawks are more common in this specific area I was in but the birder I ran into who was watching the hawk was sure it was a sharp-shinned hawk.
 

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