Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Bird species #90 spotted here at Run*A*Round - this tiny-sized raptor swept in under our feeder tree and snatched a Cardinal. It sat on it until the Cardinal succumbed, then flew off with it.

 

 
Because of his small size (just barely bigger than a Kestrel) and because the gray on his head was not 'capped' and extended all the way down his nape, I could determine he was a Sharp-Shinned and not a Cooper's Hawk.
 

You can see the Cardinal's tail feathers extending beyond him.




Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

154 comments:

A Quiet Corner said...

Great pix, T...I used to see smaller hunters here until the eagles moved in. Perhaps they will return over the Winter months...:)JP

Magnolia Tea said...

Really good photos of the hawk, and congrats on pinning down it's identity. Thank you for pointing out the difference between the Sharp-Shinned and the Cooper's Hawk.

georgettesullins said...

What a dramatic photostory here.

Terri Buster said...

Great captures Tex! I know it's the circle of life, but I have to say- I'd be rooting for the cardinal.

Laura. M said...

Great series, good details of their feathers.

Lynne said...

Great photos although I am a tender heart and I don't like thinking of Cardinal demise.

DJan said...

We have both hawks here, and I've seen a few others, too. They are quick, aren't they! And of course nobody could miss that cardinal, one bad part of being so brilliantly colored. Great pictures, Tex. :-)

Judy said...

Great series, but I'm so glad you didn't show him flying off the the cardinal.

Munir said...

Hawks are smart, but Cardinals are cute. Never mind the circle of life.

Judy said...

"with"

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a beautiful little hawk! That poor cardinal didn't stand a chance.

Margie said...

They don't call them birds of prey for nothing huh T? Beautiful creature. Bet that was interesting to see. You have wildlife theatre in your big backyard!

Montanagirl said...

Nice series, Tex! Feel bad for the Cardinal, but everything has to eat!!

Anvilcloud said...

Congrats on #90.

EG CameraGirl said...

Naughty raptor! In my opinion he ought to be eating pigeons not cardinals. ;))

MarkD60 said...

I am sooo dissappointed that I can't see those sharp shins in the grass!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great photos of the hawk. But I'm sorry that the cardinal was his dinner.

Aditi said...

Love his chest! And the no' is 90!! Wow!! Good going....birds love it here!!

troutbirder said...

Nature in the raw. Well done. If you get a chance tell him there is a huge flock of house sparrows eating me out of house and home and the welcome mat is out here in Bluff Country....:)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Awwwwwwwwwww, cardinal?!! Boo.
But what a beauty the hawk is tho.

Willow said...

Precise stealth these guys, great capture ~ apparently for him and you .

joeh said...

Cool bird!

Molly The Wally said...

Great shots. Sad for the cardinal but that is nature.
Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Melissa said...

I've never heard of this type of hawk. You sure have a lot of different birds there, so it's no wonder that your ranch attracts hawks too.

stiefbeen said...

je hebt het wel heel mooi vastgelegd.

Janis said...

Nice capture...although I hate to see a cardinal being put to death! Mother nature at work!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Predation is seldom pretty. Poor cardinal!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Oh he's a handsome little raptor, but I don't like seeing a gorgeous Cardinal lose its life.

Jeanne said...

That is quite a capture of that hawk!

Paula said...

Aww Cardinals are some of my favorites but I know that is the way nature works.

Irma said...

Great photos of the hawk.
Sad for the cardinal but that is nature.
Very well photographed, compliments.
Greetings Irma

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos! I love this bird!

Karen said...

Yep, he's a Sharp Shinned! A Cooper's was in our yesterday and got a Junco :(
You got some good shots, and that's quite a magnificent #90.

bj said...

As cardinals are, by far, my most favorite birds (I still love YOUR cardinal in the bird bath....do u sell prints??), I probably don't like this hawk....HOWever...he is a pretty fella..
Yep, my birthday is on New Years Eve so I am wondering if you will be making your infamous Margaritas...??
(the ONLY recipe you will ever blog about...:>)

McGuffy Ann said...

We have a pair of Cooper's, and a pair of Red Tailed Hawks on the lake (that we live across the road from). Seasonally, we have a pair of Sharpy's (every Spring and Fall). They always sit on our 6' cedar fence to stalk the feeders.

Buttons said...

Morning Tex What a beautiful little opportunist. He is so handsome and I have never seen one before. GREAT shots. Hug B

Sylvia K said...

What a handsome fellow!! Great shots as always!! I am sorry for the cardinal though!!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

The hawk is a beautiful bird. Looks as though it was a female cardinal. I know they have to eat but I wish they would stick to mice, voles and moles! Great captures Tex.

Midmarsh John said...

Great series of shots. Always sad when one of our regulars ends up as breakfast but everything has to eat.

Karen S. said...

So sad for the Cardinal, looks like maybe a female? If I didn't know this hawk's back story this morning I'd say, what a nice bird. He looks so innocent doesn't he?

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Ooh ... nature isn't always all sweetness and light is it. We've all gotta' eat though. A beautiful hawk...your ID skills are so remarkable.

Paula Fraker said...

These are amazing creatures... although I wish they would eat something other than the poor little songbirds... *sigh*

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Ever notice how birds of prey always remain on their kill with their wings fanned out? Also, did you notice everyone lost their list of followers this morning? Carole from down under brought it to my attention.

Kleine Waldameise said...

I hope he has not yet found a mouse.

Liebe Grüße
von der Waldameise

DIMI said...

I feel sad for the cardinal bird Tex!!!I really like this bird!Great captures!!Have a nice evening!
Dimi...

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

He is very handsome.

don said...

A great looking bird. I like how he extends his wings while at rest.

HansHB said...

A great serie of this wonderful bird!

KaHolly said...

Your list is growing! Great shots!

Gail Dixon said...

Poor cardinal. The hawk looks so innocent as he suffocates his meal. :((( Great series of nature, I have to admit!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

He does seem rather small. Poor Cardinal. But that's the circle of life!

Paul said...

Wow, very nice series of pictures!

Sally said...

Yes, poor little cardinal! :(

Great pics though. :)

Nancy J said...

Good to have identification, but I too, feel for the "underbird" I know that is nature's way, Cheers from Jean.

Dave said...

I love it when they "mantle" their prey like that, smart bird.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Very nice pictures! I like your birds :)

Terry and Linda said...

"Hey, Lady! Be sure and get my best side!"

Good Photos and fun ones!

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Sketchbook Wandering said...

Very interesting...

Bob Bushell said...

We call it a Sparrowhawk, it eats small birds, awe.

weekend et coup de brosse said...

Tes photos sont magnifiques, j'aime!
Bonne semaine à toi- Cath.

Stephanie said...

Great shots!

Hilary said...

That's quite a capture.. for you and the hawk. I always feel badly for the prey but everything's gotta eat. You captured a true slice of life.

Kenneth C Schneider said...

They certainly are fierce little birds. I saw one the other day and it was a male, hardly any bigger than a mockingbird.

Chris Rohrer said...

Definitely a Sharpie:) RIP Cardinal:(

ellen abbott said...

oh, poor cardinal. but even hawks gotta eat.

Sandra said...

I have not even heard of one of these little hawks.
our cardinals met the same fate, the whole family is gone, so are the jays and doves. not a bird left but buzzards and the giant hawk. he is the biggest i have ever seen, we think he is a red shoulder but he is really big.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I know hawks have to eat, too; but why can't they take some little critter I don't care about? So sad for the cardinal. But your photos of the hawk are really great.

bon bon said...

gah! death visits the run-a-round ranch! he's a pretty killer though.

JM said...

Beautiful bird. Great spotting.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful photos of this gorgeous bird!

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Olá,
serie fantástica de belas fotos.
Abraço
ag

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, the drama! Beautiful photos! I have had both of these in my neighborhood, but they don't stay long. The Stellar Jays and Crows drive them off. Once I had one fly right around my legs going after a Chickadee while I was watering. The Chickadee got away. xo Karen

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Uh oh, it's the darker side of life!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

He's a beautiful bird! And powerful, too, apparently. I know it's all part of nature, but . . . poor cardinal. But nature wouldn't work without predators and prey.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos ! We have a Red tailed Hawk in the woods that I saw soaring around here earlier looking for lunch ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

Beth said...

He is truly a magnificent bird!

Gail said...

The cycle of life is beautiful and bitter sweet.

Great capture.

RedPat said...

It's a bird eat bird world out there!

Primitive Stars said...

Beautiful pictures of the hawk but feel sad about the Cardinal, to pretty to be a meal, Francine.

Patty Woodland said...

Hawk's gotta eat

Łucja-Maria said...

I support the Cardinal ... The hawk is a very beautiful bird but ... murderer.
Great pictures.
Greetings.

Łucja-Maria said...

I support the Cardinal ... The hawk is a very beautiful bird but ... murderer.
Great pictures.
Greetings.

Marissa said...

Beautiful little hawk.. so jelly cause we have not had a chance to go out to our ranch for birding with our new born. I can't wait though to take her along.
your pictures are amazing. keep posting...

Findlay Wilde said...

Look at it's wings shielding it's prey. From Findlay

edenhills said...

What a neat bird!

karmnik54 said...

Ładny:)

Helma said...

Very sad for the Cardinal but you therefore have beautiful hawk pictures. In nature, it is still true that eat or be eaten counts :-)

Stephen Hayes said...

I, too, was thinking Cooper's hawk until you explained it. Too bad for the cardinal but everything has got to eat.

Susan said...

Ack, that had to be hard to watch.

sharon said...

I love hawks. I like watching the ones by our house. This is a little guy for sure.

Betty Manousos said...

impressive shots of an impressive bird!:))

Carole M. said...

not the right time for the cardinal sadly, but the SSH was on a winner for his pre-Christmas feast. Great snaps Theresa

Mary said...

Beautiful hawk. I feel sad for the cardinal. Such contradictory feelings i have sometimes. That's nature though...

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Bummer for the Cardinal, but so goes the circle of life. Congrats on specie #90, that's a remarkable accomplishment!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Thanks for the education as well as the pictures. Ha-ha.

Dicky Bird said...

Beautiful hawk.

Bill said...

Great series of photos!

Andy Wilson said...

To bad it grabbed a Cardinal rather than a more common species.

parker said...

Wonderful pics of the Hawk. Thanks for the I.D. of this skilled predator.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

It's just what they do...Sharp Shinned are about the size I believe of a Blue Jay and a Coopers Hawk a wee bit larger. We most often have them, rather than the Sharpie...great set of images Theresa~

barbara l. hale said...

Awwww, sad about the cardinal but that's nature. Nice bunch of pics of this little raptor!

eileeninmd said...

Great tip on the id and awesome sighting. Poor Cardinal, but the Hawks do have to eat. Great series!

HighPlainsFlyFisher said...

Great pictures!! I have one of those that frequents my feeders as well , he has a liking for doves which I always have a bunch of.
Never knew the exact species though I've often wondered , thanks for the birding lesson.

Pantherka said...

Just beautiful, wonderful series photos.

Fireblossom said...

Oh nooo, not a cardinal! :-(

Robin Lamb said...

T, nice series of shots! A cardinal would make a tasty treat! We have one of these in our area, he drops by the yard every so often and scares the crap out of the little birds! He hasn't had much success!

NatureFootstep said...

this on is new to me. Lovely hawk and thanks for sharing.

Pallavi said...

Oh the poor cardinal :(

Debbie said...

i love seeing them but always worry about my bitty birds!!

a great series of images!!

bailey-road.com said...

Great series of photos. Not something I like to witness here, but hawks have to eat too!

Raggedy Creations said...

Sad for the cardinal but that's the way of the wild. Great shots.

Felicia

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Hate seeing this - but it is reality and everyone has to eat!! I use to have my songbird feeder in the middle of the yard and after witnessing an orange tail hawk swoop down and grab a couple of small birds out of the air- I moved the feeder under the tree and now fight the squirrels and chimpmunks. just make it a little more difficult for the hawk. We have plenty of rats and field mice in the back!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

BTW- Awesome shots though!!

Muffy's Marks said...

Suppose he has to eat too!!!! Beautiful photo!!!

michaelswoodcraft said...

I hate to see them get a beautiful red cardinal! Great series of pictures Tex...

Michelle said...

I am with Terri on this one. I would be rooting for the Cardinal! GREAT pics!

mick said...

A great series of photos - but my sympathies would be with the cardinal!

Catherine said...

Fantastic!
xo Catherine

genie said...

Theresa...What a beautiful series of shots. The one with the deceased cardinal is a heart breaker, but it is life...I learn so much from your posts.

Red said...

Great photographic story. Both you and the sharp shinned made a great catch.

Sandy Carlson said...

That's the most vulnerable-looking hawk I have ever seen.

Farm Girl said...

Evil little things, I know they need to eat too, but a cardinal? The one we have just flies at my chickens to see them run. He is so much tinier than they are but I always think I can hear him chortle as he swoops and they run for their lives.
Very good shots. I think you got his face so well.

Christian Perrin said...

Fantastic photos! In older times, people used to think that the hawk looking side to side after a kill was it struggling with a feeling of guilt, but I guess they do it because they are vulnerable in the open and on the ground and don't want to lose their prey. It's a beautiful bird - it looks like it is related to the Sparrowhawks and Goshawks elsewhere in the world. Thanks for sharing!

Cloudia said...

our eyes linger lovingly from one to the next image - as your lens did!

Very cool.


ALOHA to YOU, TEX
from Honolulu
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SquirrelQueen said...

Great shots of the itty bitty raptor. I guess when your that small you have to work a little harder (or sit a little longer) for your meal.

Randy said...

Nice shots. I wonder who will be #100.

Our photos said...

Great photos of the hawk!

Brian King said...

A handsome hawk! I wish they'd take care of some of my House Sparrows. LOL!

SweetMarie said...

Poor Cardinal, hopefully she didn't leave behind a mate or baby. I remember on this past Easter walking out my back porch and a huge red shouldered hawk had one of the crows, I cried.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Congrats with bird species #90! What a fate for the cardinal...
Hugs,
Mariette

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Neat captures, but I wish he'd go after a pesky grackle and leave the cardinals alone! Bad boy! :)

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Weekend-Windup said...

See the beak of the bird,it is so sharp like the eagle...

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Superb surreptitious shots of the handsome hawk !

Revrunner said...

I'm suddenly feeling much less partial to Sharp-Shinned Hawks if all it can see fit to do is to swoop down and prey upon my state's bird. :-)

Stewart M said...

Great set of shots - I suppose that the number of birds taken around bird feeders is far fewer than the number that would die without the feeders in the first place.

Thanks for the birthday wishes - but it was not my party!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Gordon said...

I love the expresion on this birds face, great shots .
All the best Gordon.

MastHoliday said...

Beautiful bird! nice photos..

holdingmoments said...

What a beauty.
I bet the other birds don't think so though.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Tex. What fabulous shot of this rapture. Pity about the Cardinal but that is life.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Great captures, but this is always a tough part of nature for me. I love seeing the raptors/predators, but sad when they take a beautiful songbird such as a Cardinal. *sigh*

Thanks for pointing out the differences between the Sharp-skinned and Cooper's hawks. They do look very similar!

~Lindy

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Of all the photos I've seen on your blog - this is my favorite set :)

Rose said...

Great pics, Theresa....always think it is too bad we are not all herbivores!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

So very interesting....poor little cardinal! I understand the circle of life but it's still sad :(

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, all things beautiful are wished to you in 2014!
Love,
Debby

Adam Tilt said...

Great moment to capture.

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

You seriously just photographed a murder....and didnt report it! Im tellingggggg

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent shots. I can always tell when a Hawk is around here. No birds at the feeders and all is quiet. I have never seen an actual capture of dinner. Pretty cool. MB

Fjällripan said...

Such a beautiful hawk!! So nice that you got to photograph him :)

Rita said...

It's surprising he could carry off a cardinal because he looks so small. They must have to be strong and swift hunters. :)

Margaret said...

Oh. That is hard to watch. But it is nature's way. He is a handsome hawk.

wayside wanderer said...

Poor cardinal...they are my favorite and hawks are not. But this is a nice picture of the hawk and it is fun to see new varieties. Sigh. Nature.

pattisjarrett said...

Oh no! Not a cardinal! I need to send you some pigeons, PRONTO! The smaller hawk might not want something that large, though. Hmmm. I'm sure we have something to substitute--a starling, maybe?

Carletta said...

Poor little cardinal indeed but nature is as nature is...
Great captures!

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