Cooper's or Sharp Shinned Hawk?

by Jason S
(Essex, Ontario, Canada)

Dec 2020

Dec 2020

I live in southern Ontario, near Windsor.

I noticed this hawk on my fence targeting sparrows in December 2020.

The bird is about twice the size of a large blue jay.

My research has led me to believe this is a Cooper's hawk, although my close friend, a retired Park Superintendent, is sure this hawk is a Sharp Shinned Hawk.

Sorry for the poor picture quality.

Your thoughts?

Jason S

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