Five On The Wing – #18


Another of my five birds in flight series, all taken in recent weeks over our property.

This one has the added bonus theme of all being hawks!Β  πŸ˜ƒ

The first two are either a Cooper’s Hawk and/or a Sharp-shinned Hawk.Β  Both of these hawks are so close in looks that I cannot feel 100% sure which either one is, I did give my thoughts on each shot.

If anyone feels confident on identifying either, I’d very much appreciate it!


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Sharp-shinned Hawk
(I’m leaning more to Sharp-shinned Hawk…small head even with wings, square tail, little legs/feet)


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Cooper’s Hawk
(I lean more to Cooper’s Hawk on this one…big legs/feet, big head out forward, white-tipped tail)


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Broad-winged Hawk


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Red-shouldered Hawk


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Red-tailed Hawk


49 thoughts on “Five On The Wing – #18

  1. I am by no means a birder, but based on my “Nat Geo Field Guide to the Birds of N. America” I would agree with you on Sharp-shinned for the first photo and Cooper’s for the secon.

  2. Stunning shots. Eric is pretty sure we have a Cooper’s here (who has been dining at our bird feeder… and I’m NOT referring to the seeds we put out for the birds!) πŸ₯΄

        • So…. he starts going on this rant about how one of the males is smaller than the female and droned on for awhile and then there are regional variations and on and on…. and I’m sorry, but I looked at the picture and they all looked pretty much the same to me. I’m guessing we’re not much help. 😏

          • Birds and plants and fungus (fungi??) and on and on…. I just gave up when my brain started spinning and I said ‘enough’! πŸ€ͺ

    • Thank you, Ted! These shots are good for the neck, not! πŸ˜… But I’ll take them any day. The one I think is a Sharpie, looks also to be a juvenile. Juveniles throw a curve in my ID brain!

  3. Beautiful shots, especially the last one of the Red-tailed Hawk. I love the sunlight on his wings and how well you can see its face. (Sorry I can’t help with the identification of the first ones!)

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