It is always nice when you have a bird of prey swoop low enough over you to allow you a good look, but is it even nicer when they land in a tree in your yard and allow you close enough to get a few (mildly obscured) pictures to mark the occasion.  This is an juvenile Sharp Shinned Hawk, which can be hard to distinguish from a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk.  Thankfully I got to see this one fly both over the house and into the tree, as well as out and down over the neighbours’ fence – the specific wingbeats proved it to be a Sharp Shinned.

 

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