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Cooper's? (1 Viewer)

Oldnintheway

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This bird is patrolling my feeders. I initially thought Sharpie while viewing as it seemed small, it was brief, but in examining photos It looks like a Cooper's. A bit of a crest visible, eye proportion to head, rounded tail. Do you agree? Bremerton, Washington. 3/20/2022.
 

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birdmeister

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I'm in the minority here, but I think this is a Cooper's.

The combination of rich tawny-orange on the nape, plus warm cinnamon cheeks, is something I don't remember ever seeing on Sharp-shinned. I do think the forehead steepness is exaggerated in the second image due to raised feathers, but I can't especially refute the small-billed look. Just the face in general strikes me as Coop.
 

Oldnintheway

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I'm in the minority here, but I think this is a Cooper's.

The combination of rich tawny-orange on the nape, plus warm cinnamon cheeks, is something I don't remember ever seeing on Sharp-shinned. I do think the forehead steepness is exaggerated in the second image due to raised feathers, but I can't especially refute the small-billed look. Just the face in general strikes me as Coop.
Thanks Birdmeister. I've looked at so many of these and just when I think I'm starting to get it, not. :) Right there with distinguishing the Dowitcher sp.
 

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