On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:01:54 -0400, Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Agreed, Zach. The tail feathers, despite the broad white tips, are the
>main tip-off-- all the same length. In this tail position, Coop's has
>noticeably shorter outer tail feathers. The relatively small, bug-eyed
>head is another. Chest streaking is harder to judge, for me anyway,
>because it's not that consistent from bird to bird.
>It does look large and chesty for a Sharpie, but that may be the lack of
>context from this close, since it's impossible to tell from the photos
>how large those branches and trunks are. And a big female Sharpies can
>be pretty close to male Coop's in size. Lastly, I'd add this bird's
>rather thin, stick-like legs, although there's only a glimpse of them in
>the one pic that shows the bird lifting off from its branch, as
>contrasted with the Coop's thick, sturdy-looking legs. The Coop often
>chases prey on foot, whereas the Sharpie rarely does, so the difference
>in the evolution of leg size actually has a purpose.
>On 10/15/2018 7:35 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein wrote:
>> Sharpie, with the messier reddish streaking, bug-eyed appearance, small
>> head and bill, and even-length tail feathers. Nice photos.
>> On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 7:33 AM Veer Frost <
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>>> Gorgeous, thank you, hope someone will know.Veer Frost, Passumpsic
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Thanks Zach and Jane- appreciate your thoughts. I noticed the thin legs/feet especially, but felt the head was a bit large. Perhaps because of the extended neck photo. I wasn't aware of the "bug-eyed" feature for Sharpies, so that's helpful. I think I will report it as a sharpie and see if I get corrected by the ebird "police". ;).