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What kind of hawk? (Backyard in Northern California) (1 Viewer)

Crow19

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From looking over my books I suspect this is a Sharp-Shinned Hawk. Or perhaps a Cooper's Hawk? It looked to be around the same size as a crow...maybe smaller but hard to say without direct comparison. Landed in my backyard and helped itself to some water. The other birds were making a LOT of noise. This was the first hawk I've seen in my yard.
 

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aeshna5

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I would say Cooper's Hawk if about the size of a Crow. The dark capped look would support that though my first reaction was the legs looked a bit thin for it.
 

AveryBartels

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I would say Cooper's Hawk if about the size of a Crow. The dark capped look would support that though my first reaction was the legs looked a bit thin for it.
One thing to keep in mind with regards to birds legs is that, in most species, they are kind of "flattened" - so look much thicker side on and thinner front on (as in these photos).

Agreed with others for Cooper's. The pronounced brow, giving it a "fierce" expression is another good field mark to rule out Sharp-shinned.
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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