Monday, July 8, 2013

Raptor of the Week: Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk
Accipiter striatus

This exciting accipiter is a common migrant, seen in Iowa from mid March
to mid May. It is an uncommon winter resident and apparently a very rare
nester, with newly fledged young being seen in western Iowa and in Hardin
and Lucas counties in recent years. It may have been a fairly common nester
prior to the twentieth century.

The Raptors of Iowa , paintings by James F. Landenberger

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