Sharp-Shinned Hawk

A Sharp-Shinned Hawk perched on a branch.
Sharp-Shinned Hawk

We’ve been hoping to find a Sharp-Shinned Hawk for awhile now. Recently, we’ve seen a good number of the very similar Cooper’s Hawk. There’s been a few that we thought might have been “sharpies” but they weren’t. We were pretty lucky today as this bird flew right past us and into a nearby tree. It stayed there as we walked closer and remained until we found a good clear vantage point. We were a bit surprised at how small it was! Seeing it in real life and reading about it are two very different things!

This Sharp-Shinned Hawk is the 95th species that we’ve found in our local neighborhood. We’re slowly getting closer to 100!