I was watching this guy for about ten minutes, waiting for him to do something. Finally, an Eagle flew over, spooked the hawk and spurred him to action.
I admit to falling prey to "Bald Eagle Fever" in the Winter and discounting all the other sightings. The Red-tailed Hawk, however, is actually a better bird. That's right, I said it.
1) They stay year round.
2) Their scream is iconic and cool.
3) They attack gutter birds like Starlings and Grackles.
4) They won't pass up a free meal, but they are not kleptomaniacs like Eagles, They earn it.
Having said that, Bald Eagles are more majestic and thrilling but don't bad mouth the Hawks.