NAME: Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
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The Sharp-shinned Hawk resides in this area, and all of Texas, in winter time. In this first photo, notice the big orange eye with the black pupil. If you look even closer you see the thin yellow eye-ring. It has a gray beak with yellow at the base. (28 Feb 2013)
This little hawk came and perched in the large Post Oak tree not far outside my window. It is such a small hawk that until I looked through the telephoto lens, I had no idea it was a raptor. This species is the smallest hawk in North America. Notice the white and light rusty-colored horizontal bars across its chest above a white belly. (28 Feb 2013)
I followed it with my lens to this 3rd location in the tree, where it provided a better look at it’s back side. As you can see, it is gray all down the back from the top of its head to its tail. The tail feathers have a few horizontal dark stripes. The black stripe across the head is just a shadow of a nearby branch. (28 Feb 2013)