This accipiter here was the second accipiter visiting my feeders this weekend. The first one was an adult Sharp-shinned Hawk in hot pursuit of a Black-capped Chickadee. He may have gotten it … This one came up empty.
The yellow eyes mean that this is a first-year bird. The interesting aspect is that it is molting into adult plumage with rufous showing on the cheek, neck and of course on the breast. Juvenile white spots remain on the back.
Size-wise, this bird was right in between Sharpie and Cooper’s. What is it?