Perching on our front fence was this hawk. I reckon it had noticed the accumulation of smaller birds in the area.
Perhaps the hawk figured that one of the small birds would come expecting dinner and discover the hard way that it was the main course, not the guest.
We spoiled the hawk's plans because we had an errand to run now that the snow was off the roads. When we opened the front door, the hawk left.
We've seen some loose feathers around the property. I'd figured one of the neighborhood cats had gotten at some of the birds, but maybe it was this hawk or one of its brethren. I've seen hawks soaring around here, and sometimes heard them as well, so it would not surprise me.