Yesterday, a Sharp-shinned hawk came for breakfast. His deep red eyes searched the feeders for a tasty morsel, but this time, the smaller birds were too quick and eluded the agile hawk.
Sharp-shinned hawks are the smallest hawk in North America and often show up at my feeder throughout the winter months. They are a beautiful bird. At first I thought it was a Merlin that had been here before but the red eyes were a help in identifying it.
Does it bother me that I feed the smaller birds which encourages the larger ones to swoop in? No. The hawks must feed too. But I was happy to see everyone escape this time. I managed to get a few blurry pics and do this sketch while the hawk perched in the mimosa tree before lifting off in search of somthing to fill his stomach on this cold morning.