As the hawk begins to circle, it becomes noisy around here. The birds are telling everyone, especially their squirrel friends, to say away from the feeder. And then quiet. Silence, accompanied by intense solitude, as Camp Fisher’s mascot refrains from scurrying about our patio.
Diet varies with location and season. Mammals such as voles, rats, rabbits, and ground squirrels often major prey; also eats many birds (up to size of pheasant) and reptiles, especially snakes. Sometimes eats bats, frogs, toads, insects, various other creatures; may feed on carrion.
But we human mammals need not fear. Nor does the hawk seem to be afraid of us. Our son-in-law was able to get up close and personal to take a picture.