possible SPARROWHAWK sp. over Oakland

Noah Arthur

I just had what might have been a Eurasian accipiter circling over my Oakland neighborhood. If I'd have remembered to empty my memory card earlier today I would have nailed it, but my card was full and I couldn't get any identifiable photos. It was a small accipiter that appeared to have unmarked or weakly marked whitish underparts. It first appeared over Nevil and Brookdale Streets, then drifted toward the hills until I lost sight of it circling over the vicinity of 35th Ave./Penniman Ave., half-heartedly pursuing a flock of pigeons. 

Do North American falconers ever keep sparrowhawks?

Noah Arthur (Oakland)

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