We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This morning's Who Am I? was a first-year Cooper's Hawk. They used to be called "Chicken Hawks."
Even without something to judge size, its Accipter nature is apparent. Many would label it "Accipter sp.", but expert birders might know it just the same as you would know your Lab in a kennel full of Labs.
Depending on how good of a look you get, the diagnosis of Sharpie vs. Cooper's can be tough in general for amateurs like me. Both like to use your bird feeders as hawk feeders. Here's a Cooper's in flight with the accipter's rounded wings and long tail, but with the more prominent head and rounded tail of a Cooper's:
Y'all want more "Who Am I?" posts? I can mix easy ones with the more difficult, and I educate myself in the process.
Yeah, I like these. As you say, they help hone the ID-skills.
They used to be called "Chicken Hawks."
Several different hawks have been called "chickenhawks" by farmers who cared more about protecting their stock than taxonomic accuracy. Wikipedia names three: Cooper's, Sharpie, and Red-tailed. I think there have been more.
The hawks are gorgeous; always love to watch them in flight. A couple of times, I've watched a family of crows chase a hawk from their territory, taking turns diving at the hawk and trying to pull a feather from his tail. These were not good days for the hawk.