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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!

Sharp-Shinned Hawk