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