16 October 2009 -bonus Ag Hall casualty

While there were no victims at the NRC today, a colleague pointed out a dead hawk on a ledge of my own building, Ag Hall. The bird was still limp, but soaked and bedraggled from a few hours in the puddles on the ledge. The unfortunate soul was an immature, female Sharp-shinned Hawk – separable from a Cooper’s Hawk by size (~13″ bill to tail tip), truncated tail shape, no broad white band at the tail tip, an extensively streaked breast and belly, a proportionately small head, and white supercilium.

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