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Sharp-shinned Hawk vs. Mourning Dove

posted by Jeff Bilsky at
on Monday, February 20, 2012 

When I woke up this morning and looked out the window, the first thing I saw was how much it had snowed. The second thing I saw was a female Sharp-shinned Hawk (which I mistakenly thought was a Cooper's Hawk - whoops) feasting on a Mourning Dove. I captured some pics of it through my phone cam via scope. Not the best quality by any stretch, but I thought it was pretty cool. A little morbid by some perspectives, but I found it fascinating. Anyone else have regular raptor hunting in their backyards? I've seen the following raptors in my neighborhood: American Kestrels, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Merlins, and Western Screech Owls. It's great when you can just look out your back window and see some amazing things.






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3 Comments:
Anonymous Jerry Liguori said...

I have had a sharpie in my yard throughout winter...keeps getting starlings

February 20, 2012 at 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Glenda Cotter said...

I've seen sharpies hunting my yard every winter for years, but this is the first year I've also had a kestrel as a regular visitor.

February 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I have a resident Sharpie (I live in Jeremy Ranch, Park City). Hangs around my feeders.

February 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM  

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