The Cornell Lab Bird Academy Discussion Groups Bird Identification Is this a juvenile Sharp-Shinned Hawk?

    • KP3
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      Is this a juvenile Sharp-Shinned Hawk?  The bird in the photo was not much bigger than the Blue Jays it was unsuccessfully trying to catch.  The photo was taken in October of 2019.     Juvenile Sharp-Shinned Hawk
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    • stevan
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      probably best to say juvi accipiter   steve
    • Andrew
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      If it was really the size of a blue jay, it was probably a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk. If it was the size of a crow, it was more likely a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. The size ranges of the two species do overlap a bit, so it is difficult to say for sure from this photo.
    • Esteban
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      It is a Cooper´s Hawk. It is easily mistaken with the Sharp-Shinned Hawk.
    • KP3
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      And the photo was taken in New York state.