Heard the small birds all squawking, so I looked out the window to see what had ruffled them. Saw this beauty perched in the dogwood.
(I zoomed in as much as I could with my camera, then cropped the pictures in iPhoto to try to get what passes for close-ups here.)
The hawk flew from the dogwood to the maple, and I managed to catch a rather blurry picture of it in flight.
Then I went to the door to try to get a closer picture of it in the maple, and of course it moved — but it was back in the dogwood when I came back inside, so I got another picture of it perched.
Next, of course, I started poring through my Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America. Juvenile red-shouldered hawk? Definitely not a broad-winged or a red-tailed hawk. Finally, I found the accipiters. Based on the head shape, I think it’s a sharp-shinned rather than a Cooper’s hawk, but I’m willing to hear arguments either way. For both, Sibley’s says, “Often hunts around houses and birdfeeders,” which is certainly what this one was doing!
. . . and now, back to the proofreading!