Did you recall whether the hawk had a neck? A head close to the
shoulders a Sharpie, some form of neck a Cooper's.
From what you said it sounds like a Sharpie. However, a male Cooper's
is smaller then the female.
From my experience a Cooper's in most instances will stand its ground.
They have a definite attitude, they are arrogant,
intimidating, and feel that the space there in is theirs. I've had one
eating a Mourning Dove
outside my ground floor window. A Sharpie is more skittish then a
Cooper's. Your call.
On 1/1/17 12:17, Martha McClintock wrote:
> I had just been watching birds at the feeder from my kitchen window, 30
> mourning doves, 6 blue jays, 2 chickadees, 1 hairy and 1 downy. Nothing
> interesting so I turned away. Within 30 seconds, there was a loud thud as
> a mourning dove hit the window. I looked out to the snow to see if the
> bird was just dazed and would recover. An adult sharp shinned hawk was
> standing above the dazed (or more) dove and then flew away with him.
> While I have seen sharp shinned hawks a number of times near my home, this
> was a clear view from only 2-3 yards away...the red eye. the absolutely
> square tail and the adult plumage were beautiful.
> It seems more likely that the hawk was a Cooper's, according to what I just
> read but the square tail and the size makes me think sharp-shinned. Could
> a sharp-shinned catch and carry a mourning dove?
> And, by the way, I now have no birds at my feeder.