Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having slender shanks: specifically noting a hawk, Accipiter fuscus, one of the two commonest of the small hawks of North America. The adults are dark-plumbous or slate-gray above, barred transversely below with rufous on a white ground, and marked length-wise with blackish shaft-lines. The tail is crossed with four blackish bars and tipped with whitish; the primaries are also barred or indented. The male is 10 or 12 inches long, and 21 in extent of wings; the female, 12 or 14 inches long, and 25½ in extent.
“Golden eagles, ptarmigan, ravens, and sharp-shinned hawks inhabit the uplands.”
“Spotted an immature sharp-shinned hawk perched in the snag-topped maple a couple of houses over.”
“Maybe a sharp-shinned or Cooper's hawk will come by and snag the Free Lunch.”
“Thus we lose the sharp-shinned hawk snag, ruler of all it surveys.”
“Maybe the sharp-shinned or Cooper's hawk passed through looking for breakfast.”
“From time to time over the past few years of plover wardening at Plum Island I've blogged about seeing sharp-shinned hawks turn and fly directly out to sea during the spring and fall migrations.”
“Spotted a crow harassing some bird-shaped object in the sky, looked like a sharp-shinned hawk by the profile and relative size.”
“Just spotted a bird on the maple snag a few houses north of us, place where we sometimes see a sharp-shinned or Cooper's hawk surveying the world for a little snack.”
“Other birds of interest include pied-billed grebe, sharp-shinned hawk, northern sawhet owl, yellow-bellied sapsucker, Swainson's thrush, loggerhead shrike, marsh wren, golden crowned kinglet, red-breasted nuthatch, mourning warbler and dark-eyed junco.”
“Later, I'm talking to a couple of birders who have come down onto the beach -- not part of a flash mob, there are only two of them -- when four more sharp-shinned hawks come into view barreling north low over the dunes or what's left of the dunes.”
Looking for tweets for sharp-shinned.