Re: When Sharpies act like swallows - Enjoying the sky show!
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I worked on Swainson’s Hawks ages ago and published on their dragonfly eating behavior. As far as I know, all raptors that catch dragonflies in the air do it with the talons. What you will see is fast changes in direction, and the talons will be deployed and visible when they catch a dragonfly. So you may want to look for that type of movement. Merlins are a bit different, but the quick changes in direction are apparent when they are in the dragonfly group.
From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io <EBB-Sightings@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jim Chiropolos
Sent: Tuesday, August 2, 2022 5:54 PM
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] When Sharpies act like swallows - Enjoying the sky show!
Working today, I heard swifts above the house in Orinda. Getting the bins out, I saw a bunch of swifts zooming around high in the sky, just barely identifyable. Flying with them, diving and climbing, was a sharp-shinned hawk, acting like a swallow. This sharpie is way up high in the sky, maybe 500? feet or more. A bunch of Barn and violet-green swallows are also flying high above the house. I have seen and described this behavior before but not quite sure why.