Heavy Rains Starting

Today's walk was very brief due to weather. I had left my camera in the car because it was drizzling. However, a few feet into the walk, there was a large flock of small birds under a tree. Couldn't resist trying to see who they were so returned for my camera. As I approached the tree, all the birds flew, but it was not because of me. I saw a dove sized bird in the tree but it didn't look like a dove. I was able to get in fairly close and take pictures while it stared at me. Turned out to be my first sighting of a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It seems to be a Cooper Hawk wanna be with a tiny head and much smaller body than the Cooper's that I have been seeing here. Apparently it was young bird in its second year (thank you Greg Lasley). As soon as it flew off, the other birds gathered at the next tree. Some of them at least were American Goldfinch. Shortly after these pictures were taken they sky let loose and ended the walk. White's Creek will be rising out of its bank tonight and tomorrow in several places undoubtedly.

פורסם על-ידי taogirl taogirl, ינואר 08, 2013 11:42 אחה"צ

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I was surprised when I down loaded the pictures to see how much this looked like a Cooper's but it was small, about the size of a dove. Could it be a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk? It has a light line over the eye.

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