Knoxville Predators

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.

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3 Responses to Knoxville Predators

  1. Giannine says:

    With regard to your blog, the bird in your backyard is a broad winged hawk. I stopped the motion of the bird in mid-flight and the markings are unmistakable! What an incredible blessing to have such a wonder of nature visit your property! I am so jealous! Enjoy every minute of it!

  2. Frank Murphy says:

    It’s a beautiful day outside, so I opened the back door to let some air in. As I did so, Mr. Hawk flew off into the woods. That’s at least my fifth sighting of him in the past two weeks.

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