Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right! Oprah Winfrey
Along with the regular seed eating visitors flocking in, we’ve been having a regular visit by Accipiter striatus, the Sharp-shinned hawk. We had to crack open the Birds of Ohio field guide to ID whether our feeder watcher was a Cooper’s or a Sharp-shinned. They look very similar. We decided, we hope correctly, that this is a sharp-shinned.
Both hawks are Accipiters, or “bird-hawks,” designed with the speed and maneuverability needed to catch smaller birds in flight. The sharpy is the smallest of the three North American Accipiters, the others being the Cooper’s and the Northern Goshawk. The Northern Goshawk is rarely seen in Ohio. If you look at the intensity of this birds stare, I would not want to be its target.