Date: 2/8/18 2:33 pm
From: Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help

I would agree with your first assessment, that it is indeed a Cooper's
Hawk. Look at how narrow the final black band is on the tail, and compare
it to photos on the internet of Broad-winged Hawks, with broader final
black bands, and may be fewer black bands. That said, I am not certain it
isn't a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It would be helpful to get an idea of the
size, crow-sized for a Cooper's , big jay sized for a Sharp-shinned, but
the tail on your photo shows the better rounding at the end, that is more a
feature of the Cooper's Hawk, while the Sharp-shinned is a bit more
squarred at the end, at times with a better defined notch in the center.
Also, we don't get many Broad-winged Hawks in our area, which is partly why
I always want to know where a photo was taken, ideally with some habitat

-Stewart Wechsler

> Message: 7
> Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2018 08:09:22 -0800
> From: Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
> To: tweeters <tweeters...>
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> In Sep 2014 I took a photo of a hawk at Magnuson Park in Seattle and posted
> it on Flickr as a Cooper's Hawk. Recently a birder commented that he
> thought it was a Broad-winged Hawk. I thought that unlikely but am now
> confused by his field mark comments. The photo and comments may be found
> here:
> If the experts can weigh in, I'd greatly appreciate it.
> Thank you,
> Alex MacKenzie
> Seattle
> <mizmak...>

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