I think you made the right call despite the red-herring of the tail. I
believe size alone would make it too small even for the smallest Cooper's
male. I think the roundish tail is partly due to wear - you can see how the
tails rubs on the snow.

Dana Rohleder
Port Kent, NY

"Enjoy every sandwich."  W. Zevon

----- Original Message -----
From: "Donald S. Ross" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, December 26, 2003 11:40 AM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Sharpie in Waltham?

> Had an accipiter hanging around the yard this morning and I took some
> photos.  I've posted them at a very unsophisticated web page (800 Kb for
> of you with slow connections).  Any opinions?  The tail appeared well
> at first glance but....
> Happy Holidays!
> DonRoss