a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals


Monday, February 11, 2013

Accipiter cooperii or Accipter striatus

Back on Friday I had shown some images of birds that I had taken just before the storm. Quite a broad storm it was too, affecting southern Ontario clear east to the Maritimes  well into the north eastern parts of the U.S.A. I'm sure lots of people are still talking about it, let alone digging out from under it.

Well, the storm brought us a wonderful visitor of whom I only wish I could show better images. But it was a grey and monochromatic day and the snow was relentless.

As best as I can tell, he/she is either a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Both have the blue-gray above and the barred rusty orange and white below.

What do you think?
Cooper or Sharp-shinned


  1. Hope you are all ok after the big storm.
    I checked my Peterson Field Guide and I am just guessing that to me it looks like a Cooper's Hawk.

  2. It certainly snowed although I don't like to complain as I know others get far worse.
    How was your storm?

    I thought it might be a Cooper's Hawk too, but without seeing the legs clearly or having a measuring tape, it's really difficult to be sure.

  3. The weatherman was wrong in our case and we never did get any more snow. But I'm sure we're not out of the woods yet.