A few weeks ago "Jane" showed up in the front yard looking for a snack from around the bird feeding stations that I've set up to try to attract some different birds for the winter. I was thrilled to see a hawk so close up--especially those piercing eyes. But it was the "leggings" that cracked me up and earned this one the name of "Jane". Remember Jane Fonda and her workout leggings in all those exercise videos? Feel the burn!
And then yesterday I heard this terrible racket in the backyard and, after looking and looking, spotted "Jane" in the tiptop branches of a tree. She obligingly stayed around long enough for me to get this not so great photo.
Identifying "Jane" has been a puzzle. According to my Kentucky bird books, we're supposed to have sharp-shinned, red-shouldered, red-tailed, and cooper's hawks. I've studied the pics of each and none fit "Jane" exactly. Either missing the "leggings", tail shaped differently with different color bars. My best guess is sharp-shinned, but a couple of Facebook birders say she might be a juvenile goshawk migrating or a rough-legged. Whatever! I'm thrilled that she stops by.
Linking to: Wild Bird Wednesday .