Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sharp-shinned hawks are definitely one of the most difficult birds to identify because of its close resemblance to the cooper's hawk. Habitat can be clue. Sharp-shinneds like wooded areas; cooper hawks like tree lines and open fields. But, the two breeding habitats can overlap.

The one clearly distinguishable field mark is the soaring profile of the hawks. For an explanation visit this Cornell web site. Put simply, the cooper's wings reset deeper close to the head than the sharp-shinned.

Most of the time just having a possible report is good for a sharp-shinned. Accordingly, the confirmation in the Laneheart block is an excellent find.

The observation reports may indicate the uncertainty of whether the sharp-shinned was nesting in the block or just hunting.

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