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Mystery hawk

May 4, 2014
Williamsport Sun-Gazette
“I think it’s a sharp-shinned hawk that might be nesting in a pine tree close to my house but I’m not sure,”?Clarkstown-area photgrapher wrote in an email accompanying his photo. The Sun-Gazette checked with avian experts at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Here’s their response:?“We’re leaning toward Cooper’s hawk. It’s difficult to judge the size of the bird and there’s the smaller sharp-shinned hawk that is nearly identical. Given that it has a dark-ish cap, we’re tipping toward Cooper’s.” The lab also provided two online sources with information about both species:
Cooper’s hawk: Coopers_Hawk/id
Sharp-shinned: Sharp-shinned_Hawk/id


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