Bird #189 — Sharp-shinned Hawk

accipiter (a hawk) striatus (striped)

Saturday, October 11, 1980 — 11:30 am

Barrington, Illinois — Baker’s Lake

I walked across the field on the ridge south of the lake.  I saw the Sharp-shin fly straight up, like a rocket going off, alongside the trunk of a dead tree at the edge of the field near the lake.  It perched on a branch for a few seconds then took off.  It flew past me about 40 feet away.  Its flight was a series of short wing-flaps interspersed with short glides.

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