Sharp shinned hawks can be found over most of North America, including Mexico. In South America they are found from Venezuela to Northern Argentina. Most of the North American population migrates south in the winter. They are forest birds living in fir, spruce, and pine forests but they are also common in suburban spaces where they tend to hunt at backyard feeders. In Newfoundland most birds migrate but a small population remains to prey on feeder birds.
While searching an abandoned soccer field for fleeting glimpses of a rare eastern meadow lark, I chanced upon this sharpie awaiting its opportunity to seize a hapless bird.
Sharp-shinned hawks can be found throughout much of North America, including Mexico. In South America, they are found from Venezuela to northern Argentina. Most of the North American populations migrate to the southern parts of their range in winter.
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