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I had a big red tail hawk perched on a fence post in the backyard this morning. He made the squirrels a little nervous.
 

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For the last two years I've had a rather large red tail perch up behind me in my stand and pick doves off my corn pile. Sitting on the edge of a orchard....he would smack them with unreal force about 5 feet off the ground. Scared the bejesus out of me every time but it was the coolest thing to watch. Probably around 5-6 times in the last two years
 

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Sharp-shinned vs Cooper's hawk? I guess I've always thought was I was seeing working over the doves and pigeons around the grain bins were Cooper's. They sure look a lot alike.
 

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You're right Mark. Here's how I tell the difference. The Sharp-Shinned Hawk have a real Square tail unlike the Coopers that is more rounded. The bars on the Sharp-Shinned tail are more pronounced too. MJ
 

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For the last two years I've had a rather large red tail perch up behind me in my stand and pick doves off my corn pile. Sitting on the edge of a orchard....he would smack them with unreal force about 5 feet off the ground. Scared the bejesus out of me every time but it was the coolest thing to watch. Probably around 5-6 times in the last two years
that hawk should be ticketed for hunting over bait
 
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