Apparently, Young Naturalist J has been waiting and hoping all summer for a Sharp-shinned Hawk to enter the nets at one of Tom’s banding stations. Well, J… Today was the day, and you weren’t here… Too bad, so sad…
If Tom ever leaves World of Warcraft and posts his pictures, I’ll put one here showing him taking the Sharp-shinned Hawk out of the net (which I took with Tom’s camera as mine was back on the picnic table).
From the Cornell Website:
A small hawk, the Sharp-shinned Hawk is a regular visitor to bird feeders, where it eats birds, not seed. The male and female show a greater disparity in size than any other American hawk; the female is nearly twice the weight of the male.
I wish I had paid more attention to whether this one was male or female. I was just so excited that it was a hawk!