A juvenile Cooper's from West Virginia. Big ol' feet, strong legs, nicely graduated almost cuckoo-like tail. Head in good proportion to its body. Sharpies often look pin-headed and goggle-eyed to me, especially the little males.
Disclaimer: By and large, I stay away from thorny ID problems. Although a lot of people send me photos of mystery birds, and I can usually help, I don't consider myself an ID oracle. If bird ID is an Olympic swimming pool, I'll paddle around in the shallow end, thank you. Leave the tough stuff to the big sharks. Who are welcome to cruise in and add to the discussion. I've found it helps a lot to be open to learning from people who know more than I do; to check one's ego at the door in any discourse about bird identification. Tall order for a Leo, but I try.
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