PART 2- This Week Through YOUR m4/3 2014.04.19 -PART 2

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GeorgianBay1939
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Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk?
In reply to Wormsmeat, 8 months ago

Whilst "roadside shooting" today I came upon a classic fight:  Hawk fighting for a meal, Blue Jay fighting for its life.

Hawk was chasing the bedraggled Jay through a tag alder thicket. Wheeling and diving. Then the Jay hid low down and Hawk paused to surveil the area, giving me a chance to back the truck up a few yards to get these photos.

Then the bird shifted so I shot again anticipating a take-off, but got the back end of the bird:

Posterior view of hawk

Final adjustment of hawk before diving down...

I have gone to the Cornell site but am unsure of the ID of this hawk.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coopers_Hawk/id

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sharp-shinned_hawk/id

Can anyone tell me, with reasons, what this bird is?

Many thanks,

Tom

PS  I think that the Jay escaped.  It waited for the Hawk to dive downwards off of its perch.  Then the Jay scooted out to the side and flew into a thick pine about 20 yards away.  As the Hawk flew up the the course of the thicket, the Jay used the pine as a shield and went 180º to the Hawk, escaping quietly.  I think.   Although I stayed in the location for several minutes no further commotion was witnessed.

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