A Sharp-shinned Hawk at Toronto’s Milliken Park
Beneath a very cloudy sky, Bob and I decided to visit Milliken Park in Toronto, Ontario, to see if we could spot any birds. As it turned out, we spotted a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
This small Raptor, ironically, is the smallest hawk you will find anywhere in North America. In the spring, Sharp-shinned Hawks prefer hunting for prey in wooded areas such as in our local park, and they are also notorious for swooping down on small songbirds at bird feeders and carrying them away.
As we took our few photos, this Sharp-shinned Hawk kept looking left then right, backwards and forwards, searching for some unsuspecting songbird to prey upon.
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the best way to deal with the threat of a Sharp-shinned Hawk hunting in your backyard is to remove all of your bird feeders for a couple of weeks, and then hope that the Sharp-shinned Hawk will move on. The songbirds will return when the feeders are replaced. So, Bob and I will be keeping an eye on our backyard birds over the next couple of days to see if the Sharp-shinned Hawk shows up.
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