18 February 2014

Neighborhood Watch ~

OK all you birders out there.... this morning as I was walking my dogs I spotted this raptor on a neighbor's wall. I couldn't tell if it was a Red-tailed Hawk or a Coopers Hawk. When we went out again for our afternoon walk I believe the same bird was perched in an adjacent powerline pole - a very good vantage spot for waiting for prey! In the afternoon photos I got a good look at his chest and it looked pale to me - which would suggest a juvenile Coopers Hawk. And please understand that I was struggling with a phone camera while two dogs were tugging me so these are the best I could do! Anyone want to confirm/deny this bird species?

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