The Daily Bird #36


Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus). This was a female, I believe, they are larger than the males. The males are the smallest hawks in uStates. They often hunt on our property, given the mass amount of sparrows.

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  1. Ice Swimmer says

    So this is sister species to our sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus). A good-looking bird. Also very aerobatic, I presume.

    There’s something wedding-dress-like in the white feathers under the tail.

  2. says

    Yes. Not aerobatic in the same way larger hawks are -- some of their moves are amazing. These hawks crash trees, literally. They crash into trees with a lot of sparrows and other small birds, hoping to nail one. A lot of these hawks live very short lives, because of the high rate of injury from their hunting method. One that managed to hop onto our property a couple of years ago almost completely sheared one leg off. Didn’t live long.

  3. blf says

    Sounds similar to how the mildly deranged penguin hunts Wild Camembert, albeit she doesn’t do the crashing-into-trees bit. That’s for the Velociraptors, albeit if the tree doesn’t stop them, the Wild Camembert frequently does, and if the Velociraptor does capture the Wild Camembert, it(the Wild Camembert) has a tendency to then eat it(the Velociraptor).

    Professional Wild Camembert hunting tip: Let the Wild Camembert finishing snapping at the Velociraptor, then, whilst it is chewing and swallowing, grab and put in the bag. Stout boots are recommended.

  4. Kengi says

    Look at that cute little head! I’ve never seen a sharp-shinned hawk. We get cooper’s hawks in our yard which are a little larger with a proportionally larger head, but otherwise look the same.

  5. Crimson Clupeidae says

    Lots of Cooper’s around here which are nearly identical in size and shape. The cooper’s have striking red eyes, though. :)

    I’m still trying to get a clear shot of one with my camera, but I never have it handy when I see them around the neighborhood. I did have one crash into my back window a few weeks back. Luckily, he wasn’t stunned too badly. Unfortunately, he wasn’t even stunned enough for me to grab my camera before he took off…. :p

    Those are great shots.

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