Several weeks ago, while out with our dog in the back yard, I looked up and then texted my wife:
“I think we have a hawk”
We both brought cameras to the scene, trying to get a nice photo. We hoped to see him fly off, but he just sat there. Other birds flew in and out of the tree, and a few squirrels were running around. One squirrel seemed to try and get the hawk to move on, running up behind the bird and then jumping to a different branch.
A few days later, we saw a pile of feathers in our yard, evidence that the hawk had made a meal of a morning dove. A few days later, a neighbor said he saw it carrying off a squirrel.
We understand, nature, and all that, but we like our birds and our squirrels and now we wish the hawk would find a new neighborhood.
While walking Maddie last weekend, I noticed the hawk perched on a light fixture at the ball field in the park. At this point, with nothing but bare trees between our house and that park, I can see that light post from our front yard. I guess that means he can see our yard.
We think this is a sharp-shinned hawk. We also considered that it might be a Cooper’s Hawk, mainly because everything tells us these two are hard to tell apart. Maybe Mike or Deborah can weigh in on this one.