Hawk on a Light Pole

I just starting walking down the street and looked up. Sitting on the nearby light pole was this hawk staring down at me. The angle was bad to get a positive ID. It didn’t seem large enough for a Red Tail. It seemed more likely a Cooper. The tail was straight down on the opposite side of the pole. I couldn’t get in position to see it. What do you think it was?

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10 thoughts on “Hawk on a Light Pole

  1. shoreacres

    I don’t have a clue, but Mia McPherson’s website might be of help. You can find her hawk images here. I use her site a lot for waterbird identification. Since she’s such a good photographer, and shows them in their natural settings, doing what they do, you sometimes can see detail that the books and identification websites don’t show. (Sometimes her site loads slowly — probably because it’s so image-heavy.)

    Your photos are really appealing!

  2. melissabluefineart

    Nice photos. I’m often fooled by juvenile red-tails so won’t venture a guess. We’ve had a Cooper’s hanging around the hood this summer, for which I rejoice. But I do keep a close eye on my puppy 🙂


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