We talked about how it's awfully hard to tell sharp-shinned hawks
apart from Cooper's hawks and who was Cooper anyway?
Buteo jamaicensis) 1946; Hensley 1959; Sherrod 1978 (1); van Heest & Ha 2000; V7 Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull, Larus (Larus delawarensis) argentatus--Goldman 1971 Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) McAtee 1935; Sherrod 1978 (1) Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) Guthrie 1932 (1); whooping crane, Grus americana--Guthrie 1932 (1); P7 Sharp-shinned Hawk
(Accipiter striatus) Guthrie 1932 (1); Sherrod 1978 (1) Great Horned Owl P3; other owl species--Guthrie (Bubo virginianus) 1932 (1) Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) Guthrie 1932 (1) Western bluebird (Sialia mexicana) Eastern Bluebird Sialia Sialia--Flanigan 1971 Avian Snake Predators at Eagle Lake Eats Thamnophis American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) Shine et al.
And the sharp-shinned hawk
is too small to bother chickens.
The prolific and highly regarded bird artist, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, writing in National Geographic, for example, commented that "The whole genus Accipiter, consisting of the [northern] goshawk, Cooper's hawk, and sharp-shinned hawk
, are savage, bloodthirsty, and cold-hearted slaughterers, and are responsible in large measure for the anathema that is then portion of all hawks" (Fuertes 1920).
1) Species 1993 1994 Sharp-shinned Hawk
Accipiter striatus Vieillot 6 8 Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis Linnaeus 0 1 Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus Pontoppidan 18 0 Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus Linnaeus 5 1 Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus Gmelin 2 4 Northern Hawk-owl Surnia ulula Linnaeus 5 7 Merlin Falco columbarius Linnaeus 14 16 American Kestrel Falco sparverius Linnaeus 8 4 (1) Numbers include individuals seen outside of survey routes but within the study area.
Other species taken by red-tailed hawks include Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii; Peyton, 1945), sharp-shinned hawk
(Accipter striatus; Klem et al.
dagger]) Includes burrowing owl (n = 2), sharp-shinned hawk
(n = 2), Cooper's hawk (n = 1), eastern screech owl (n = 1), merlin (n = 1), osprey (n = 1), prairie falcon (n = 1), and northern saw-whet owl (n = 1).
And he talked about his surprise the morning a sharp-shinned hawk
got tangled up in the net - a bigger bird most likely hunting the small ones, he said.
As we watched closely, a stealthy sharp-shinned hawk
flew in for dinner.
Bird species listed as "at risk" or "of special concern" that can be seen here include sharp-shinned hawk
, Cooper's hawk, northern goshawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-headed woodpecker, golden-winged warbler, cerulean warbler, vesper sparrow, grasshopper sparrow, American woodcock, willow flycatcher, wood thrush, blue-winged warbler, Canada warbler, yellow-breasted chat and rusty blackbird.
These species included American robin, American crow, black-capped chickadee, blue jay, button quail, common grackle, eastern tufted titmouse, gray catbird, house sparrow, mourning dove, northern cardinal, sharp-shinned hawk
, wood thrush, domestic cat, domestic cow, domestic dog, horse, sheep, white-footed mouse, and white-tailed deer.