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Cooper's or Shinnie? I give up -but Happy New Year!

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Of late I've finding the dead and stripped carcasses of the local pigeon and mourning/collared dove populations in my backyard under a cedar tree. In fact, early this morning one almost fell on my head. It was deja vu all over again from winters past and I quickly noticed this denizen hanging out in the adjacent backyard, eye-balling me imperiously. In fact, said critter snapped off a twig with its beak and dropped it to the ground nearly at my feet. I felt like I'd been accipiter dissed. I dashed back inside for my camera and snapped a dozen images. So, birders, tell me: Cooper's or Sharp-shinned? The Cooper's is larger and has the broader white band at the very end of the tail. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/AboutBirdsandFeeding/accipiterIDtable.htm

I'm going with the Cooper's. They sure do look alike.

Anyway, Happy New Year to all. I wish all of you much more than a picked over pigeon carcass and a twig in this new year. That's what I'm starting out with, but hey, you gotta to start somewhere and I like having this dude (dudette?) around.

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Comments

RoeDapple 3 years, 4 months ago

For all I know about birds it could be a penguin, river . . .

Happy New Year to you too!

notaubermime 3 years, 4 months ago

The Cornell site you linked to point out the relative size of the head and size of the white band on the tip of the tail. This bird appears more similar to the Cooper's on both accounts. Good pics, though, to even be able to see such differences.

RoeDapple 3 years, 4 months ago

We have a pair of Barred Owls (I believe) courting near our place. I have spotted them individually over the last few weeks but today they were together, perching in the same trees and flying about together. A little early for that, but with the unusual warm winter maybe not.

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