Hawks are coming to are area. I have a lot of feeders so I have a lot of birds - cardinals, bluejays, nuthatches, goldfinches, house finches, chicadees, mourning doves, etc. It's a buffet for a strong predator. Everyone has to eat.
Aren't they gorgeous creatures?
This Cooper's Hawk was taking a cooling dip in the water standing on the swimming pool cover (we put mosquito dunks in there so the neighbors don't burn us at the stake about breeding mosquitoes; tablets tossed in once a month gets rid of the larvae). It is being drained today since we are going to have more rain this evening. Anyway...
When I glance outside and see no birds at the feeders, or hear the bluejays squawking, I know a hawk is close by. This one was right on the deck railing, turning his/her head to stare at me when I looked out. Big Red-shouldered hawk.
Notice the different back feather patterns and the difference in the color of the eyes to help distinguish between the hawks that come to our area = Red-Tailed, Red-Shouldered, Cooper's, etc.
Going from big to small...
We have a family (or two) of hummingbirds. I've seen two males, one (or two) females, and a couple of smaller young ones, all coming and feeding at the two sugar water feeders I've put out. Set out two if you see them fighting over a single feeder and make sure the second feeder is out of sight of the first = on the opposite side of the deck = cuts down on the territorial behavior and everyone gets to eat.