Any ideas what kind of bird this is?

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  1. wanderlust

    wanderlust New Member

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    I'm thinking a cooper hawk but not positive. It was by far the biggest we've seen. It also let me get within 5 ft of it and didn't fly away until I let the dog out.


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  2. Ben Ruset

    Ben Ruset Administrator
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    My birding friend tells me this is a Red Tailed Hawk.
     
  3. dogg57

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  4. wanderlust

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    I always thought the red tail was pretty unmistakable. We have a ton of red tails around here, two that regular stalk our coop. It didn't look like the typical red tail we see around here. I was thrown off by how close it let me get. We have about 2 acres of land, long and narrow, our house its towards the front, coop towards the back and the hawks will usually take off once I open the door and step out.
     
  5. pineywoman

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    He does look like a Cooper Hawk with the horizontal stripes. Red tails usually have verticle on their "tail". Very pretty and nice shot!
     
  6. Pine Baron

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    Judging by the tail striping and the eye color, it looks like a red-tailed.

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  7. manumuskin

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    judging by the tail in the first shot I say Red tail.
     
  8. bushwacker

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    yes, that is a juvenile red tail. those very narrow tail band give way to full red in the adult. the belly band in the second shot is quite typical.
    a coopers has much wider tail bands
     
  9. piker56

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    The one side shot shows the "stripe" across the breast. I'd agree with the immature Red Tail.
    Greg