Sharp-shinned Hawk

For several days in early May, a Sharp-shinned Hawk was hanging around the office. At times we saw it perched on cars or in the ponderosa pines. Occasionally it would flash past a window. But mostly it worked its way around the building attempting to chase its own reflection out of the territory. It still remains to be seen if it succeeded. 

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It fooled me at first because it seemed large, but female Sharp-shins can be as large as male Cooper’s. I decided it’s a Sharp-shin because of the squared-off tail with a narrow terminal band, the small head and the lack of contrast between the crown and back colors. 

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