I’m happy to post a few pics. I absolutely understand how difficult it can be to differentiate between a Sharpie and a female Coop. Is there a hood or is there a cap.
I’ll let all of you with more experience weigh in. Tomorrow!!
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> On Jan 13, 2019, at 6:57 PM, Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Mundi, are you going to post any of those pix? The behavior sounds much
> more like a Coop than a Sharpie, hanging out in shrubs and standing around
> on the ground, neither of which is normal Sharpie behavior but very
> Coop-ish. On the other hand, ignoring something as large as a mourning
> dove is certainly more Sharpie than Coop. Distinguishing between the two
> is a very difficult ID problem, especially because in the East, big female
> Sharpies are nearly the size of small male Coops. I've more than once seen
> experienced hawkwatchers nearly come to blows over it!
> On Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:38:50 -0500, Mundi Smithers <[log in to unmask]>
>> I had just the best hour or so ( this morning) photographing and
>> a Sharpie here in my immediate yard. I was sitting here at the kitchen
>> table checking email and noticed out of the corner of my eye, a big dark
>> blob in a bush just beneath the window. As soon as it caught my eye it
>> flew. Flew to a reflector post in front of the garage. I took many pics.
>> Next thing I knew it had dropped to the ground and was standing on the
>> concrete apron in front of the garage doors. More photos. I walked out
>> the porch door and was perhaps twenty feet from the bird…no sense of
>> concern from the bird. My husband needed to make a dump run
>> opening the garage door so I went back outside and flapped a towel. The
>> bird casually relocated to a Sargent Crab a few feet away. Next thing I
>> knew the bloody bird was sitting on the front porch railing right
>> the kitchen window. It was there for nearly an hour??? Chickadees,
>> Tufties were flitting about all the while. I reckon had a Mourning Dove
>> showed it’s face the talons would have come out.
>> North Pownal
>> Mundi Smithers
>> The greatest tragedy in mankind's enitire history may be the hijacking
>> morality by religion.
>> Arthur C Clarke (1917-2008)