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Jim Mead <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 6 Sep 2013 12:31:36 -0400
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Hello all,

I pulled into the Shelburne Beach parking lot
this morning at 7:00 a.m. I saw a large accipiter
fly up into a conifer from the ground, no more 
than 25' from me. It stopped on a branch facing 
me. It basically dwarfed the American Crow that
was shouting at it from about 10' away. My first 
thought was Goshawk because it was so big. I then
noticed that it was a juvenile from the dense
streaking on its' entire front side. I then needed
to figure out if it was a Goshawk or a Cooper's Hawk. 
One of the easiest ways to identify a juv. Goshawk
is to look at its' tail bands to see if they are uneven. 
When I looked at the tail bands of this bird, I did
find them to be uneven. A Cooper's Hawk has even
tail bands. I could also see a whitish 
supercilium. When it flew off I looked at the
tail. It was completely fanned open which
enabled me to see the tips of the tail feathers. 
On a juv. Goshawk each tail feather sort of
comes to a point. It creates a jagged or serrated 
edge along the rounded end of the tail. A juv. 
Cooper's Hawk has a smoother rounded end
on its' tail. 
I hope that some of you get the chance to see 
a juv. Goshawk sometime. They are an awesome,
powerful and majestic sight. 

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead