Dieppe (Backyard)
Finally got a Cooper's this year!
Cutting it short on Dec. 31st, 2017 in my own backyard!!!

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Comment by Mitch Doucet on January 1, 2018 at 5:41pm

Thanks for your comment Andrew.

I had been looking for the coopers all year and 3 of them turned into Goshawk after examining the photos. 

When all the way up north, Grand Manan and in St Andrews hawk watch with no luck! 

Then on the last day of the year he shows up in my backyard!  

Comment by Andrew McCartney on January 1, 2018 at 4:49pm

This is a great photo of an adult COHA. As many birders know, distinguishing COHA and SSHA can be quite tricky. Coincidentally, I happened to photograph an adult SSHA in my yard on the same day as this bird from nearly the same angle (posted below) and together they provide a good direct comparison of the distinguishing features of these two species. Note the overall more rounded body and larger size of the COHA. The tail of the COHA is longer, extending further past the primaries. The nape of the COHA is pale whereas on the SSHA it is gray and continuous with the cap and upper back. A final distinguishing feature is the cheek of the COHA is gray but the SSHA has orange cheeks.

Congratulations, Mitch, on your COHA lifer! I have yet to add one to my life list but now at least I'll know how to identify it when I do see one....provided it's an adult and perched. :)

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