Friday, February 26, 2010

Sharpshinned Hawk at the Birdfeeder, Again

I could tell something was up again this morning.  No sign of birds at the feeder, or anywhere else in my yard.  I looked up at the Red Maple and there she was - the Sharp-shinned Hawk.   She's become a regular this week.  I suspect I'll be seeing her off and on until it's time to migrate.  

As I watched, she flew from the tree to the feeder pole.


How do I know this is an adult female?    While both sexes are similar in plumage, females are considerably bigger than males.  Adults have red eyes.  Immatures have brown to yellow eyes.

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