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December 11, 2007


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Vern - isn't he grand?
Dan - thanks for your question. Accipiters are a genus of hawks. AKA bird hawks, they have short rounded wings and a long tail. They are well adapted to hunting in woodlands and are typically the hawks seen checking out the birdfeeders.


Yes, awesome photos. I love hawks, so I really enjoyed this post. I can guess from the context what an accipiter is (I'm guessing sparrows aren't accipiters) but I need to know for sure so please explain. I always considered hawks raptors - is this correct, and is that sort of what an accipiter is?


That is one lovely bird you've got there! I mostly just see juveniles which don't look nearly as nice.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Lana - would've been cool to observe. This goshawk came up empty while I was watching.
Birdfreak & Monarch - thanks; I am fortunate but love to share!


Wow, how amazing to have a goshawk like this in your back yard! Love your photos you captured!


I'm jealous :) Great photos and a really cool bird!!


Awesome! The other day my husband looked outside & saw something gray fluttering to the ground. When he went to investigate, he found dove feathers. He must have JUST missed the hawk's strike.

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