Sharp-shinned Hawk

sharp-shinned hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

 

The Sharp-shinned Hawk is one of our more common raptors. These birds built a stick nest at a relatively low height (less than 10 m) in a coniferous tree such as White Spruce. As they are a smaller bird of prey, they don’t lay their eggs as early as the Bald Eagle or Owls, and will sometimes even lay a second time if their first attempt was unsuccessful.

Being an accipiter, Sharp-shins tend to prey on small birds, catching them after a short chase. This method of hunting leads to many sightings in urban areas, and near bird feeders.

Upcoming Events

Jul
17
Mon
9:00 am Nature Discovery Week 1
Nature Discovery Week 1
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will introduce the children to the woods, stream and native tree nursery that surround our Nature Center. The campers will delight in learning to use all their senses to understand the natural world,
Jul
24
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 2
Becoming a Naturalist Week 2
Jul 24 @ 9:00 am – Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
Jul
29
Sat
10:00 am Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
A walk and talk looking at the native and introduced mammals still found on PEI, as well as a brief look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief presentation, we’ll head off