Monday, December 19, 2011

Sharp-shinned Hawk

John H. and I censused this hawk during last Saturday's Christmas Bird Count. The hawk's small bill, uniform gray crown, lack of whitish on the nape, and relatively uniform length of tail feathers all point to Sharp-shinned Hawk. The bird tamely sat high in a tree in residential Northfield. As many of you know, the bird count began on Christmas Day 1900 by a group of Audubon Society members who thought they would count, rather than shoot, birds during the holidays. Counts are held across the country (and now the world) and comprise a 15 mile diameter around a central spot. Counts are managed through the Audubon Society and cost $5.00 for participants. More information, including locations of counts near you, can be found at http://birds.audubon.org/about-christmas-bird-count.

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