Goshawk or Sparrowhawk??

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Subject: Goshawk or Sparrowhawk??
From: Julian Robinson <>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 23:31:01 +1000
Simon Bennett and I have been discussing length of toes and other clues, but I was still not convinced either way about this bird seen at Callum Brae around where nesting Goshawks have been reported.  I posted it to flickr as a Goshawk but on balance and after Simon's thoughts I'm now more on the Sparrowhawk side.   Can anyone definitively identify this bird, size didn't make any impression on me; neither small nor large compared to others I've seen. Is it a wide-eyed _expression_ or a heavy-hooded menacing look?  etc.


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