I have had this Red-tailed Hawk hanging around my yard off and on for over a month. It was here on the 4th and back again on the 11th. It just flew into the tree outside my office window on the 23rd. When it was here on Sunday, the 11th, it stayed in this tree all morning and was there when Gus and I left to go Christmas shopping around noontime. When we returned around 3 p.m. it was finally gone. I took the above pictures from off my back porch looking straight up. The top photo made me think of a feathered Christmas tree ornament, given the time of year that it is. The hawk finally twisted it’s head around to get a good look at me, then fluffed itself up and sat there, dismissing me as a non-threat, which is good, since I’m not one. The smaller feeder birds do not seem to be disturbed by its presence and continued to feed in peace and joy, but let a Cooper’s Hawk swoop in and they explode like thunder and are gone in a flash. I think it’s kind of nice to have a Red-tailed Hawk as a yard ornament (as long as it stays outside)!