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Sharp-shinned Hawk- Accipter striatus
Sharp-shined Hawk, Accipter striatus, Order Falconiformes, Family Accipitridae, Subfamily Accipitrinae. This beautiful bird was hunting in the woods behind my house in Hamilton, Ohio. I was confused as to the ID of this bird. So, I asked Casy Tucker to confirm the ID. He said " It's a 1st year bird, and there are two characteristics that tell you that it's a Sharp-shinned hawk. The first is the head. It has a relatively rounded head,as opposed to the Cooper's really "blocky" head (for lack of a better description). The second character is the breast patterning. Notice on the photo of your bird that it has really large, brown, "splotches" on its breast. If it were a Cooper's hawk those brown patterns would be thinner streaks, or lines." Thanks Casey!
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Sources of species identification and other amazing info include (1) Cornell Lab of Ornithology--a fantastic site; (2)Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Peterson Field Guide Series, Fifth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company; (3) The National Audubon Society's Sibley Guide to Birds and (4) Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Third Edition, National Geographic, Washington, D.C.
Winter/Spring Bird Collection Quicktime Movie
A quicktime movie (CLICK on image Above) of bird photos taken over the 2004/ Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall. I used a Canon 10D digital camera (now a Canon Mark II) with a Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6 IS L lens, a Canon 300 f4.0 IS L lens, a Canon 400 5.6 L lens, a Canon 500 f4.0 IS L lens, and a Canon 600 f4.0 IS L lens.
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