By the time we got to the dead tree, and I had the chance to get my long lens in focus, the hawk had flown off. So on we went to dinner. Returning home to the neighborhood, we were both attuned to the surroundings, hoping to spot the hawk again.
We were barely into the neighborhood, and there it was, perched solidly to an electrical wire!
I got out of the car to shoot more easily.
It followed me with it's eyes. I got closer and closer and it gave no signal of fear or readiness to fly off.
What eyes it has! And with a slight downward turn of its head, how sinister it appears!
The hawk can look majestic too, as in this image. But look at those talons. I imagine small critters wouldn't have much of a chance in their grip.
It settled onto a tree branch, and I wondered what kind of hawk it was. Looking in my bird books and bird apps when I got home, its coloring and location fit the Broad-winged Hawk. Is there anyone out there who can confirm that or come up with a more definitive identification?