Clarksburg, West Virginia, 23 November 2018
After our Thanksgiving visitor, word of our bird feeders seems to have gotten around. The next morning we noticed this guy watching over our patio from the big maple tree by the garage.
Red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus).
Interestingly, the goldfinches, and the titmice, and the chickadees, and some others of our usual mixed flock of “backyard feeder birds” seemed unimpressed. They continued to fly back and forth between the nearby trees and the feeder as if there were nothing to concern them. But I noticed that none of them approached the big maple, and there weren’t any woodpeckers or doves in evidence.
After a while the hawk apparently grew bored and flew away, revealing its lovely reddish shoulders as it glided behind the trees. A few minutes later we heard the characteristic thump of a bird hitting our window. We didn’t see anything, but I think the hawk must have frightened some inattentive bird enough to make it fly in panic without regard to walls and windows.