[Tweeters] Strange encounter in Fremont

Larry Schwitters leschwitters at me.com
Tue Mar 18 12:41:38 PDT 2014


Wonder who put the bands on it.

Larry Schwitters
Issaquah
On Mar 18, 2014, at 12:23 PM, Steve Loitz wrote:


> male Cooper's Hawk is my guess

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> 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.

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> 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.

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> 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.)

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> Any ideas as to what I could look at to help narrow this down? I've got the best pics up at flickr:

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

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> -k

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