|From a distance, the hawk. ©SB|
We wondered whether a predator had flown in when all the chattering feeder birds suddenly fell silent, then disappeared into hiding spots around the yard.
And there it was, a large dark shape in the evening branches.
It watched me as I walked down the alley to get closer.
It didn't seem bothered by my presence — I was so far below, and on the other side of a high fence. Besides, it was watching for prey.
|Closer telephoto views of my Regina neighbour's backyard hawk - likely a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk. ©SB|
At least, I think this was a Juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk from its colouring and quite bright yellow eyes... Looks a bit like a Merlin, too, but Sharpies are more likely in backyards, says HawkWatch International, which adds that the eyes are a "telling giveaway."
What is this? A young Sharp-shinned Hawk - Épervier brun
Location: In my neighbour's backyard, Regina, Saskatchewan
Photo dates: February 2, 2016.