Sorry... up to my ass in hard copy edits... I hope you enjoy this pic instead of a real post...
This majestic visitor was hanging out in a tree across the street. Thank goodness for my sharp-eyed husband who spotted him first, and thank goodness for a camera with awesome zoom capabilities.
After some careful research, we determined that it's a Red Tail Hawk - light phase. (Who knew Red Tails have different phase colors?) Isn't it gorgeous?
And for a little perspective, here it is a couple feet from a Eurasian Collared Dove (which is half again as big as a Mourning Dove or just slightly smaller than a standard pigeon). Gorgeous and huge... Lucky for the dove, it didn't seem hungry that morning.