I watched this first-year Sharp-Shinned Hawk get harassed by a pack of Blue Jays…they were relentlessly putting pressure on the little hawk to leave the area, but it held its ground. Sharp-shinned Hawks are very similar to and hard to distinguish from Cooper’s Hawks, but the shorter squared-off tail and broad brown chest markings point to a Sharpie and not a Cooper’s.
Migration season is the best time to catch a glimpse of a Broad-winged Hawk. They have been known to form massive swarms in certain areas during their migration, but here where I live, just seeing one is pretty cool. I’ve seen a handful soaring overhead recently with telltale black-and-white striped tails, but this forest hunter perched on a low limb briefly for me and posed for a quick photo.
I don’t see Red-shouldered Hawks very often…maybe a few times a year…it is much more common to see the familiar Red-tailed Hawk. Yesterday, I was lucky to see a pair of Red-shouldered hawks pass by overhead, and I was able to get some good snaps of one as it came closer. Not a lifer, but definitely a bird I had not taken decent photos of until yesterday! 🙂