Sharp-shinned Hawk: Accipiter striatus

We have noticed an agile small hawk buzzing around the woods over the last month or so and when we finally got a good look it turned out to likely be this Sharp-shinned Hawk.

These small hawks are very agile fliers and able to ambush their main prey, unfortunately small songbirds, in dense woods. So the next time I see what looks like a hawk streak by in the woodlands nearby I’ll have a good idea who it is.