This hawk, which I could not identify, was sitting at the edge of the backyard only 30 feet from the bird feeders. We saw him upon our return to the house a few weekends ago. He sat there with the snow falling on his shoulders looking out over the river, his back to the wind. He must have heard our return to the house because he started to turn his head as I took this quick grainy photo from the window. There were many birds eating calmly at the feeders to his left, so I am guessing this must not be a bird hawk of some kind. He was pretty big. I have seen the Cooper's hawk in the area and the birds totally disappear when he arrives. He sat there for at least five minutes. Any guesses?
P.S. Cornell says this looks like a juvenile Red-Tailed hawk. I did not ask them to ID as I am sure they get tons of photos...but since I am participating in the feeder count, they actually asked for the photo. Good to know.
The photos above are part of a "drive-by shooting" of what I think is a red-shouldered hawk. As I was on my way to run errands, I saw him at the edge of the highway and I stopped suddenly and pulled the car over to catch this fellow (cropped and grainy) in his majestic glory in the trees above me. He tolerated me for longer than I deserved as I had disturbed his hunt. I have seen him in this same location several times this winter, so this roadside must be rich in varmints.