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Thread subject: Help needed in identifying. . .
Name Date Message
Pamela 08/23/07 06:15 pm A hawk has been in my yard for three days and I've exhausted all my resources to identify it.
It sits on a dead branch, is about 12" high and looks like a sharp shinned, but the tail seems rounded and the beak is golden. The breast is cream with what look like juvie stripes and the back and wings are a light brown. Wing span is approximately a little over 24". I can't see the eye color.
It acts like the sharp shinned too, as it has been near a bird bath and feeder. We've removed both feeder and bird bath temporarily until it gives up. I know it's in the area when the blue jays are screaming.
Would appreciate any help.
Pam 08/23/07 06:31 pm I've been looking in Sibley Pamela. Could it be a juvenile Cooper's? They hang around houses and birdfeeders according to the book and are quite common in the States. Length just over 16" and wingspan is 31". When they are first year birds they look like a Sharp-shinned but have thicker legs apparently.
cathy 08/23/07 06:44 pm Pamela - what state are you in?
Mickey 08/23/07 07:25 pm awwww leave the bath and feeder :)
Hawks have to eat too :)))
cathy 08/23/07 08:38 pm Yes - give it a break - blue jays are predators too.
Pamela 08/23/07 09:28 pm Pam, I checked Sibley too, but the bars on the breast are vertical not barred as the Cooper's are shown.
It looks like a Marsh Hawk without the owl face and white rump.
If you check out Tim P's new site under Other Links which lead you to a Long Island bird page, you will get the idea of what it looks like under the Sharp-shinned article. Thanks for looking and the help.
Cathy, I'm on the south coast of MA on Buzzard's Bay.
Mickey, this hawk can grocery shop elsewhere, he can have the mole, but leave the birds please.
lynn 08/23/07 09:28 pm Just to put in my two cents worth - the size of the hawk would seem to be the deciding factor I think. The Sharp Shinned is a fairly small, for a hawk, bird, and is fairly common in backyards here on Long Island. We've had them on and off this year, a number of times. I looked in my Sibleys also, and would lean toward the Sharp Shinned if the size you saw is 11 or 12 inches.

Madeline 08/24/07 01:52 am Awww, don';t take away the bath and feeders, he doesn't eat much, and your backyard birds will miss being feed and bathing. Actually, I find it quite a thrill when a hawk flies over the yard and all the birds disappear, and the squirrells freeze in the middle of climbing up or down a tree, till the hawk goes by, or makes it's kill and the all safe silent alarm goes off.. After all, our beloved Osprey are preditors also, the only difference is that they prefer fish to meat. According to Peterson, it could be a male coopers hawk whick is similar in size to a female sharp-shinnedhawk, and has a rounded tail. Do me a favor and send the unwanted hawk to my yard here in Long Island,and help get rid of some of the grackles hogging all the seed in my feeders.
june 08/24/07 06:38 pm Hey Madeline, didn't you read in Newsday that the grackles are on a major decline. Actually I thought they were all at my feeder. A pretty bird but very messy and hoggish.
lynn 08/24/07 06:49 pm Annnnd, I thought all the grackles were in my back yard!! LOL They do hog the feeders, both regular see and sunflower seeds, even the suet feeders when I fill them! The other day one particularly aggressive Grackle was pecking the heck out of a female House Sparrow.

cheryl 08/24/07 07:11 pm You guys can't have all the grackles. :-))
I have plenty of grackles! In fact, too many grackles.
How can the grackle population be on the decline when there are millions and millions, (as Carl Sagan would say), at our feeders? And when they come, they always show up in a flock of at least a dozen, with a couple of red-winged blackbirds just for good measure.

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