A large bird of prey has taken up residence in my backyard. I think he’s a hawk but I don’t know what kind. There have always been plenty of small critters on my property that would make a good meal for the bird. Last week, I looked out the kitchen window to see him hopping lazily after a rabbit. On Wednesday, I saw him perched on the fence as I pulled in to the driveway. He jumped down to the pool deck and then flew away when I pointed a video camera at him. Yesterday he was sitting atop the pool slide and I caught 3 seconds worth of video.
There are several hawks listed on the Tennessee Watchable Wildlife website. Could my visitor be a Broad-winged Hawk or a Red-shouldered Hawk or a Sharp-Shinned Hawk or a Cooper’s Hawk? I will need to get a better look at him.