Some of the bird highlights this past week follow a theme of "Sharp or Pointed."
A female Cooper's Hawk made a return visit from the spring. She is very sharp in many ways, with her feisty behavior and her sharp talons including an exceptionally long halix or "hind claw."
|COHA: Note the nice gray cap diagnostic of the species.|
|Talons of COHA|
The hind toe, or "halix", is extra long for grasping and securing prey in the air
|NESP: Gray cheek with gray nape|
|Characteristic "orangish" chest|
|Gray nape shown better here.|
|NESP: Showing its "sharp tail"|
|NESP: Showing tail with molt in left rectrices.|
|YBSA: with sharp angular bill for pin-holing|
Basswood and other trees for sap.
|Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: HY male with red on throat.|
|YBSA: HY, sex unknown with no presence of red on throat.|
This time of year is great to explore and sharpen your sparrow identification. Take time to enjoy the season!
|Song Sparrow (SOSP) left and Fox Sparrow (FOSP) right|