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What type of hawk is this?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sfraker, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. Sfraker

    Sfraker Songster

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    [​IMG]Sorry for the bad pictures. It flew away before I could get any better ones. Thankfully I have netting over the duck pen. The ducks and guineas were all frozen in place while it was there.
    I live on the NC /SC state line.
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2014
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    Looks like a Coopers hawk to me, and yes it would give your ducks and guineas a try. Well done on the netting over the pen.
     
  3. Sfraker

    Sfraker Songster

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    Eeek!!! I think your right. The pictures I pulled up look like what we saw.
     
  4. mak1

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    boom! and the hawk is gone forever
     
  5. WthrLady

    WthrLady Songster

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    Zoomed in and the neck and head and posture looks like a young vulture.

    Coopers and red tails have a different shape and colour.
     
  6. WthrLady

    WthrLady Songster

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    Coopers have horizontal stripes on theiir tails.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    Quite visible in the picture if you enlarge it - that plus conformation led me to believe that it is most likely a Coopers hawk.
     
  8. WthrLady

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    Thanks. Am enlarging it on my smartphone, which isn't very clear.
     
  9. Sfraker

    Sfraker Songster

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    There were stripes on the tail. Lighter color mixed in here and there on the body. It looked similar to the pics I found of an immature Cooper's hawk

    But I would be happier if it were a turkey vulture.
     
  10. gawildlife

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    The long tail makes it an accipiter or bird hawk. The two main accipiters in the east are cooper's and sharp shinned. They are almost indistinguishable by color or pattern. They are clearly different in size. Comparing the bird in the pic to the fence you have the larger cooper's hawk
     

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