[Tweeters] Strange encounter in Fremont

Steve Loitz steveloitz at gmail.com
Tue Mar 18 12:23:09 PDT 2014

male Cooper's Hawk is my guess

On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM, Kenneth Trease <kptrease at gmail.com> wrote:

> I was riding my bike home from work yesterday, through Fremont, when I

> flushed what I initially thought was a pigeon, scuffling around in the dirt

> right beside the sidewalk. It flew up, and I thought "that's not a pigeon!

> That's a hawk!" I nearly fell off my bike, I was so surprised. This is at

> the corner of Stone Way and 34th Ave N in Seattle, if you know the

> neighborhood - really not close to any parks or woodland.


> I threw down my bike and managed to get out my camera, which I just

> happened to have with me. I also happened to have my zoom lens attached.

> The bird was in a tree, so close that I had to back up, to get all of it in

> the frame.


> So, I'm pretty sure this is either a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-Shinned

> Hawk. It's got a rounded tail, like a Cooper's should. But, it was small (I

> initially mistook it for a pigeon, remember), and the rounded head shape

> and lack of a lighter patch on just behind the bill make me think

> Sharp-Shinned (I'm looking at Peterson's for comparison. I was in the new

> Sibley's last night, and it wasn't helping.)


> Any ideas as to what I could look at to help narrow this down? I've got

> the best pics up at flickr:


> https://www.flickr.com/photos/kptrease/13249133815/


> -k


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Steve Loitz
Seattle, WA
steveloitz at gmail.com
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