The Sharp-shinned Hawk is mostly a woodland bird, so similar in coloration to the Cooper’s Hawk that they can be hard to tell apart when seen alone. The “sharpy” is the smaller of the two species. Unlike most raptors that are open grassland hunters, both of these hawks are small bird hunters, extremely quick and agile, adapted for hunting in the forest. They are most often seen while they scope out our bird feeders in search of their next meal. No animal (definitely including us humans) will expend more energy getting our groceries than is absolutely necessary, and these hawks are quick to learn that our bird feeders make a good grocery store! Luckily, nature provides a balance of skill and tenacity on both sides of the talon, and these hawks are only successful in perhaps one of 10 hunts,
This bronze wildlife sculpture began as a tupelo woodcarving.
“Forest Phantom” participated in the 2007 National Greeley Art Exhibition in Greeley, Colorado. One of my first art shows!