I was sitting at the kitchen table, and glanced out the windows to the back, and saw a big bird perched right on our deck railing outside. When I moved to get a closer look, s/he flew up to the trees nearby to the right, in our neighbors yard.
A few moments later, s/he flew around behind the garage, and then this bird (same one or not?) appeared walking in the grass over to our hazelnut hedge.
Finally, another bird flew from around the back, and landed in a tree to my left. A juvenile, even though it was bigger than the first one. Turned out they are Cooper’s Hawks, and they like to prey on small birds and mammals. Everyone’s got to feed their babies.
Now it is time to go outside and plant our new bushes. The ground is finally unfrozen enough to dig holes.