Saint Germain, WI 54558, USA

Before photo is below & after photo is to the right. Pictured in the after photo from left to right: Great Horned Owl carved from Birch, Boreal Owl carved from Basswood, Great Horned Owl carved from Pine and Sharp-Shinned Hawk carved from Birch.

June 2018: Sharp-Shinned Hawk carved from Birch. This was one of four half-sized carvings I made for the 2018 Walk in the Woods Art Fair.

May 2014: Sharp-shinned Hawk carved from Birch.


A tiny hawk that appears in a blur of motion—and often disappears in a flurry of feathers. That’s the Sharp-shinned Hawk, the smallest hawk in North America and a daring, acrobatic flier. These raptors have distinctive proportions: long legs, short wings, and very long tails, which they use for navigating their deep-woods homes at top speed in pursuit of songbirds and mice. They’re easiest to spot in fall on their southward migration, or occasionally at winter feeders.