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Sharp-shinned Hawk | by Kelly Colgan Azar
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Sharp-shinned Hawk


This hawk has what I believe is a Red-bellied Woodpecker that was in the area minutes before the kill. The hawk continuously kneaded the weakly struggling bird, then flew into the creek on whose bank he made the kill. I originally thought he was unable to carry the prey and was forced to land in the water; however, the creek was very narrow and the clean, flat opposite shore less than a foot away. After 4-6 seconds in the water, the hawk flew about about 10 yards to the above site. I think the hawk was using the creek as a tool. Am I crazy?


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Taken on March 9, 2011