Adult Sharp-shinned Hawk eating
In late afternoon today a friend called to say there was a hawk in downtown McMinnville (Oregon, not Tennessee) dining on a small bird. I was able to get free for just long enough to grab a few shots of this handsome adult Sharp-shinned Hawk in action. He or she was about 20 ft. up in a Ginko tree above a sidewalk in a busy part of town, and the visible feet of the entree suggest to me that it was a Starling. Another glimpse of "wildness" where we don't expect it, and a reminder to keep our eyes open like my friend, Bruce, always does.