Cooper’s Hawk ID tip

By March, the plumage of some Cooper’s Hawks is especially faded and the tawny tones typically seen throughout the head and nape can be bleached to whitish. Sun bleaching/feather wear can produce, in some cases, a streaky aftermath and a combination of potentially misleading ‘false fieldmarks.’ The strong eyebrow (supercilium) on this large Cooper’s Hawk could certainly encourage the thought of Northern Goshawk as a possibility 😉


Good birding.