Keeping A Sharp (Shinned) Eye Out For Neighborhood Raptors

The Hood: Not Just For Humanz
The Hood: Not Just For Humanz

Some neighbors have been graciously feeding the local birds in the neighborhood. It was only a matter of time before the flocks of Mourning Doves attracted to the seed frenzy subsequently attracted a naughty, bird-eating raptor.

I’ve leapt out of my chair a few times as this fellow sped past my window, followed quickly by a cloud of panicked doves flying the opposite direction. Finally, I caught this naughty fellow in the act, nom nomming on Dove right outside the window.

While hopes were high that the neighborhood monster was a Peregrine, this appears to be a Sharp Shinned Hawk. Sharp Shins are often confused with Cooper’s Hawks, another bird I’ve never photographed. Here the telltale signs are the red eyes, the skinny little legs, the barrel chest, and the head that is disproportionately smaller than the body. Cooper’s Hawks have large heads on small bodies. Someone please correct or confirm the Reading.

The point is, on our magical Long Beach Island, you often need only glance out the window to see the most amazing things.

Iz can beez ur neighbor?
Iz can beez ur neighbor?