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Nancy,
I've had a Cooper's Hawk raiding my backyard/feeder area off and on
since early November--very likely you have one, too.
Edge
On Wednesday, January 22, 2003, at 05:09 PM, Lawrence Herbert wrote:

> My vote is Cooper's Hawk.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Nancy Mebed <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 3:44 PM
> Subject: sharp-shinned hawk?
>
>
>>     Today while it was snowing, I noticed a hawk about the size of a
>> large
>> crow eating a small bird (starling I hope) out on a small woodpile in
>> the
>> woods behind our house.  His most outstanding feature, besides the
> efficient
>> way he was gulping his meal, was his orange and white barred breast.
>> The
>> bars looked almost scale like.  His wings and back were dark gray,
>> with a
>> lighter gray spot on approximately his (or her) secondaries.  The head
>> was
>> darker with a white patch on the throat and a white area between the
>> beak
>> and the eye.  Consulting Sibley and Common Birds of North America, I
>> wondered if it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk.  I confess I haven't followed
>> the
>> conversations about hawks on the web as living in town I don't see them
> here
>> very often.  Common Birds of NA mentions that they are reclusive, but
>> frequent neighborhoods with birdfeeders which fits the situation,
>> although
>> it sounds a bit contradictory.
>> Nancy Mebed - Columbia
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