Not a lot of birding to report last week, but a few of interest.

The first looks a lot like a Cooper’s Hawk, but it was much smaller than I’m used to seeing them, so I’m calling it a Sharp-shinned Hawk. The distinguishing feature is the tail: rounded off in Cooper’s, and square with Sharp-shinned. Since you can’t see the tail-end, it is not definite, although the eye is more deeply orange than most Cooper’s. It could be my first Sharp-shinned Hawk.

This Great Blue Heron is very large, with at least a six-foot wingspan. Obviously a fall photo with the orange leaves on the Cottonwood trees.

I am so surprised to see Steller’s Jays so often this year. I have never gotten pictures of them in the Bosque before, but this fall I hear them a lot, and see them fairly often.

A fellow photographer spotted an eagle opposite the Grassy Beach last week, so I will be hopeful this coming week.

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