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Cooper's/Sharp-shinned - Washington, DC (1 Viewer)

jocateme

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Hello,

This immature hawk was at the National Mall in Washington, DC. There was another one calling, but I only saw this one. Is ID possible from this angle?

Thanks!

João
 

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ceasar

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If the call you heard sounded like a nasal "kek-kek-kek-kek" the calling bird was a Cooper's Hawk. According to Wheeler in his RAPTORS of Eastern North America/B] the call of a Sharpshin is a high pitched "kee kee kee" when it is excited and it is readily distinguished from the call of a Cooper's Hawk.

Bob
 

fugl

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That Cooper's have a stouter bill than Sharp-shin? Thought that was well-known!

Needs it for dealing with larger prey.

Relatively stouter? I'm not so sure about that! And even if so certainly not useful as a field mark!
 

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