Looks like it might be a hawk perched up in the bare branches of my neighbor’s Pin Oak Tree, but it’s hard to say.
Jello and I heard a rhaspy cry as we were finishing our walk. It reminded me of a blue jay, or a crow mimicking some other bird — like a hawk for instance.
That dense body, hooked beak and cropped tail with a line of white at the very tip is characteristic of both Cooper’s and Red-tailed Hawks. And, though it is still daylight and the air is cold, there were no little birds chowing down at my feeders while the bird of prey perched nearby!