I looked out the window this afternoon and saw this sitting on my legume trellis.
These small hawks often feed on smaller birds. This hawk is sitting less than ten feet (3 m) from my bird feeder. It gives a whole new meaning to “bird feeder,” doesn’t it? Of course, no birds were visiting the feeder while the hawk was nearby, and a squirrel was making alarm calls that would warn any small birds or animals.
I took the photo above from inside the house. I went outside to try to get closer, but the hawk had left before I got to the back yard (I exited the house by the front door to avoid spooking it). It may have heard me, or it may have left because it saw another predator.
This orange cat must live somewhere in my neighborhood, because I often see it in my back yard. When I went outside, I spotted it on a neighbor’s fence about sixty feet (18 m) from where the hawk was sitting.