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Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) User: Songbirds  (See all photos - 16)
Canada (Qu├ębec) This sharp-shinned hawk unfortunately hit our back window while chasing after songbirds at the feeders; we think he mistook a reflection in the window for a bird. He had knocked himself out and didn't come to after 5 minutes, so we looked up on the internet on how to take care of him and follow it to the letter, being careful not to leave human scents on him. Approx 1h45 minutes later he was more than okay to be set free outdoors again (we had brought him in the house to keep him warm in a lightly covered box until he woke up from his knockout). Saw him again yesterday chasing the birds, so glad he is ok.
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Date: January 8, 2013
Details: Unknown gender, Juvenile
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This sharp-shinned hawk unfortunately hit our back window while chasing after songbirds at the feeders; we think he mistook a reflection in the window for a bird. He had knocked himself out and didn't come to after 5 minutes, so we looked up on the internet on how to take care of him and follow it to the letter, being careful not to leave human scents on him. Approx 1h45 minutes later he was more than okay to be set free outdoors again (we had brought him in the house to keep him warm in a lightly covered box until he woke up from his knockout). Saw him again yesterday chasing the birds, so glad he is ok.
· Date: January 23, 2013 · Views: 1,469
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Chris

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Registered: November 2005
Location: Montreal
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January 25, 2013 19:02

That is quite a story!! Thank you so much for taking good care of the bird.
I think, though I'm not sure, that you may have a Merlin instead of a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Maybe the others on the site can also comment on the bird!
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drhalsall
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January 26, 2013 16:40

A tough call - any other photos that show the tail feathers? A good story - always nice when there is a happy ending.
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Registered: January 2013
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January 28, 2013 16:18

I do have additional photos that I took when he has unconscious. Should I post those? But I have a longtime friend whose brother is a professional wildlife photographer and he confirmed the name of the bird.
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Chris

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January 29, 2013 00:32

It's ok if you want to, but otherwise of course your call on the ID is best! I'm sure you're right.
Very interesting story, and again thanks for the work you did and for sharing the details!
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