Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Erika and I visited the Carpenter Nature Center in Washington Co., Minnesota, on 10 January 2019. A passerby pointed out a Sharp-shinned Hawk eating a pigeon on the forest floor. The pigeon was killed in the morning, and the hawk returned for a second course when we saw it in the afternoon. The nature center must not have been too pleased, since the kill was only a few feet from a pigeon coop. Sharp-shinned Hawks are bird specialists, although they usually take smaller prey than pigeons. During the breeding season, they often augment their diet with small mammals. This hawk seems to be a first-year female.

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