Back yard bird

by Gina
(Rochester, NY USA)

I saw this bird in my back yard today. I saw it once before but thought afterwards that I was just imagining it so I took a few photos this time. When I got too close it flew away, very nicely.

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Jan 24, 2013
Size of hawk
by: Gina

The one I saw was at least 12 inches tall, probably more than that. I have another photo that includes the tail. The cooper's hawk has a rounded tail, whereas the sharp-shinned hawk's tail is square, so says my Audubon Society Field Guide. The tail I see looks round-ish. Should I try to upload it? The drawings in the book show the difference in the tails when the bird is in flight, so I'm not feeling I have a definitive identification.

The person who lived in my house before me seems to think it's a cooper's hawk.

Jan 23, 2013
Your bird looks like my bird
by: Marisa

I posted a few pictures entitled "Which Hawk" earlier this week.

I was told that mine was either a cooper's hawk or a sharp shinned hawk - they are very similar.

Is yours very large? Mine is.


Jan 23, 2013
Cooper Hawk
by: Gina

Thank you. The former owner of this house said the same. She said she also occasionally saw a fox! I'll look for him now, too.

Jan 22, 2013
Back yard bird
by: Diane

I believe this is a Cooper's Hawk.

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