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  • LittleBluePenguin

    That is AWESOME! I love it! I want to say it’s a red-tailed or Cooper’s hawk, but can’t be sure from this angle.

  • Marty

    I don’t know what it is, but those talons could surely do some damage!

  • Cooper’s Hawk or Sharp-shinned Hawk. Common backyard bird. Seen them all over DC.

  • Pixie

    Cooper’s Hawk maybe? Awesome photo!

  • LifeInTheSquangle

    I’m guessing a Juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk, Too small to be a Coopers

    • LittleBluePenguin

      You think? I feel like there’s nothing else in the pic that allows us to judge his size, so it’s hard to tell…

      • nattyboh

        Not the 4×4 fence post, or the 6″ wide slats?

        • LittleBluePenguin

          dude, I don’t know sh*t about how fences are constructed / how big they are….

    • I agree, but based on the head shape. Cooper’s has a flatter top.

    • Steph

      It is an adult – gray back and reddish barring on belly. Juvies have brown backs and brown streaks on belly.

  • dcd

    Oh God, not another species debate! The last time, this conversation got so heated here, you’d have thought someone proposed building a pop-up in a bicycle lane in a historic district next to a bar where families let their kids run around unsupervised at happy hour while playing connect four and not purchasing any drinks.

    • INWDC

      Lol – throw dogs in the mix and that pretty much sums up every highly commented article on here.

    • Ben

      You left out the part where the kid’s mom was wearing a Trump t-shirt.

    • nw_dc_1988

      LOLing so hard, I’ll never forget that thread
      .
      Came here to say the same exact thing – good lord

  • ***

    Hey bird… want to venture up NW from time to time? I have a shrew that somehow keeps appearing on my doorstep, despite multiple revocations to the park.

  • NewColumbian

    I’d guess Cooper’s Hawk based on proportions. Beautiful photo.

  • John

    The city needs more birds of prey! I have seen them catch rats more than once.

  • ET

    Whatever that bird is staring out should be afraid.

  • bje22201

    It’s a rare Indonesian Rat Chicken. Majestic AF 14/10

  • Anon

    OP– It was between 1.5 and 2 ft by my estimate. I felt lucky to get my camera in time, but it flew away as I tried to get outside for a closer shot and has not returned. A quick search online made me think it was a broad-winged hawk… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad-winged_hawk

  • Anon

    Coopers hawk

  • Effie

    check out those falcons! awesome pic, what a beautiful bird

  • anon

    I live off H St and I’ve definitely heard what distinctly sounded like a hawk call from the trees. I wonder if it was this guy! How cool.

  • TJ

    Great photo.
    Poster bird against the use of rat poison. If this great predator bird does catch a rat, it likely will die if the rat has ingested poison that, btw, is doing very little to control the rat problem in DC.

    • Steph

      +100000000

  • lmfb

    Hide yo kids, hide yo wife!

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