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Accipiters are long-tailed woodland hawks with short, rounded wings, which give them greater maneuverability in the woods. They are quick in flight and often prey on smaller birds. The northern goshawk is only seen in Winnebago County during migration, but Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks are common year-round. The latter two look similar, but the Cooper’s hawk is larger; both often prey on smaller birds at feeders.

Cooper’s Hawk

(Accipiter cooperii)

Northern Goshawk

(Accipiter gentilis)

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

(Accipiter striatus)