Date: 11/6/17 5:45 am From: Bob Elser <navman9...> Subject: Cooper's Hawk vs Sharp-shinned Hawk
Can anyone tell me how to make a positive ID to distinguish between a Cooper's Hawk and Sharp-shinned Hawk when they are perched? I had one sitting on top of my feeder yesterday. I would say that the length of the body of the bird was about 11-12" and the length of the tail was 6" based on the dimensions of the feeder on which it was perched. The outer tail feathers looked as if they might have been a little bit shorter than the central feathers. Of course, it flew away when I was looking elsewhere so I couldn't make an observation of the tail when the bird was in flight.
After a summer of seeing only House Finches and Goldfinches, we have begun to see Purple Finches at our feeders. One even perched on my suet feeder and fed there for a few minutes. Although it may be that I have just not been watching at the correct times, it seems that we have not had Purple Finches for at least several years. Has anyone else made that observation?