For the past couple of days this hawk has been visiting my yard. I'm pretty sure it's a red-shouldered hawk, unless there is another hawk species that looks very similar.

Perhaps all of the grasses and bamboos that are currently covered in snow make my garden appear to be the perfect winter hunting location, with lots of hiding spots for rabbits and other delicious morsels for a ravenous raptor.


Maybe I'm the only one around here who puts out birdseed, so the congregation of smaller birds around the feeder attracts the hawk.

Maybe these large birds land in all of the yards in the neighborhood every day, so mine is not so special.

Maybe I'm the only one around here who will stand at the window with a camera for an hour or more, and hawks crave the attention.

You better believe we do!

Whatever the reason, I'm glad this one has been visiting -- it's beautiful!

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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (December 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM)  

Excellent photos! I've never seen a hawk in our yard but we see them a lot sitting on fence posts out in the country.

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