Many juvenile Sharp-shinned
Hawks are heavily marked and appear adult-like. I attached a few good
examples of this plumage type...it is common on females and much less
common on males. It has not molted yet, it is in complete juvenile (or
juvenal) plumage (too early for molt to occur and many barred-like
plumage, especially in the flanks like this in fresh plumage).
Someone asked me about the bluish topside of the
Sharp-shinned Hawk recently discussed. I should have clarified, when
backlit in spring faded brown birds can look grayish, even in fall certain
angles can be tricky....I have photos of this too. Isn't there always more
than meets the eye when it comes to bird watching....
by Jerry Liguori