A Sharp-shinned Hawk, the smallest male hawk in North America,
made an appearance in our yard.
This Sub-adult (transitioning from juvenile to adult plumage),
looked to be about 8-9 inches. The size range for males is 9 to 12 inches
The great majority of this hawk's prey are small birds, especially various songbirds such as sparrows (poor sparrow), wood-warblers, finches, wrens, nuthatches, tits, and thrushes. It plucks and scatters feathers as it eats.
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