The Sharp-shinned Hawks are birds of prey of the family Accipitridae. They range in size from 10 to 14 inches and have a wingspan from 20 to 27 inches with males actually smaller than the females. The Sharp-shinned Hawk also sports a hooked beak and curved talons that are characteristic to this family. Seen circling or swooping at low altitudes it is very common for a Sharp-shinned hawk to visit backyard birdfeeders for an unsuspecting smaller bird.
Thanks to Thad Noyes who snapped this beautiful picture in his yard at about 20 to 30 feet away!