Speaking of Sharpies – October 10, 2006

This morning I heard the Blue Jays going crazy in the backyard, they made an alarm call that I had never heard before. They sounded like they were quite distressed. Just when I got back to the windows I saw a hawk go flying through. He sat in the tree in plain view and i was able to identify him as a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Sharp-shinned Hawk 














It was a juvenile – all brown and very streaky on the breast. Their legs are long and bare (no feathers). This hawk hung around all morning repeatedly going after the Blue Jays. The Jays didn’t seem too concerned they went about their business of gulping sunflower seeds like it was just a normal day. They were wary, but it looked like they could out maneuver the hawk. It is interesting that according to the bird guide Blue Jays measure 11 inches; Sharp-shinned Hawks also measure 11 inches so they are just about the same size. Maybe that was why the Jays weren’t too concerned. Size did not deter the Hawk, he continued to go after the Jays. I was able to get a couple photos.

Sharp shin Hawk

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