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April 05, 2013


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen, sounds like you have the same difficulties as I do with in-flight identification.
KestrelHill, that's cute!
Barbara, hope this helps a little.
Bernie, cute!

Bernie Paquette

This guy does not care what you call it, just as long as it is not Late for Breakfast.


With everyone else - I'm also confused by the two different species who visit my feeders to collect a meal of unsuspecting little birds... but it's usually a sharpie... love this post Nancy!


Call it a Cooper-shinned Hawk and be done with it.


It helps when the hawks cooperate by perching somewhere! We've had both Sharp-Shinned and Coopers in our yard. I feel confident with an ID when they land, but in the air, forget it.

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