Sharp-shinned Hawk – Accipiter striatus

This guy was hanging around my feeder the other day. Although there were some high speed chases, I think the hawk left my feeders hungry.

Sharp-shinned Hawks are birds of the forest. They prefer wooded habitats with lots of scrub to hide and nest in.

Songbirds are their most frequent prey. Sharp-shinned Hawks will hunt birds the size of warblers, sparrows, and thrushes, however will go for larger birds such as American Robin. Hawks also love mice and voles.

Sharp-shinned Hawks do not stoop on prey from high overhead. Because of their aerobatics, they are able to capture much of their prey β€˜on wing’ or while flying! They may also pounce on their meals from low perches.


25 thoughts on “Sharp-shinned Hawk – Accipiter striatus

  1. He sure is a scary fella ,I am glad I am not a songbird πŸ˜€ Hey,do you have any pictures of songbird ? I tried capturing in camera but I never got good shots in wild.


  2. Nice! Looks like it’s pretty close to your place, I can never get a clear enough shot.

    I have seen them in pursuit of our little birdy friends, it’s quite a show. Sometimes it’s hard to watch but intriguing all the same. I love both the little and the big meanies! Thanks for sharing!


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