Well, I Know It’s A Hawk

He's not injured, just wearing some of his lunch.

Juvenile raptor identification is a wonderful challenge, isn’t it? What do you think – did I have a Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk in my backyard?

Peruse the photos, make your decision and leave a comment below. It will be interesting to read what folks have to say about my beautiful yard visitor!

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7 Responses to Well, I Know It’s A Hawk

  1. Pat says:

    Ok folks, here’s the word on my juvenile raptor. Thanks to Robert Mortensen at the Birding Is Fun blog, we have received a positive ID from Jerry Liguori, author of Hawks at a Distance. He says it is absolutely a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk, so well done Linda & Nick.

  2. Nick says:

    oops, I meant to say juvenile Sharp-shinned. Your bird has yellow eyes. The adults eyes are red.

  3. Nick says:

    Hi there ! Your bird is an adult Sharp-shinned Hawk. Small head, skinny legs and squared off tail, compared to a rounded tail, and larger head of a Cooper’s.

  4. Pat says:

    I know this is my blog, and I’m supposed to know whose picture I’m putting up here… Frankly, I’m never going to be sure of any ID that involves Sharp-shinned or Cooper’s Hawks, especially juvenile birds. I wrote about this fellow in more detail on the Birding Is Fun blog, and the comments received leaned heavily towards Sharp-shinned, even though I called it a
    Cooper’s. If you want to have another go at the ID yourself, check out this wonderfully handy hawk identification webpage I found.

  5. These birds make me want to tear my blonde hair out by its grey roots! I’m going to guess Sharpie. . .

  6. Linda Benedict says:

    Sooooo,,, what is he ….

  7. Linda Benedict says:

    I think he is a immature Swainsons hawk, I admit I looked him up in the my book and my husband and I (pat also) discussed him and so we both think he is. He is so pretty and distinct in his coloring.