This afternoon, I was out walking the dogs and on the way back saw a huge bird of prey swoop behind our house and land up on our roof. It stayed there for a moment then flew to a nearby tree a couple houses to the south. It was an enormous bird, way bigger than for instance the red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks which are fairly common around here. I ran into the house to grab my camera, but by the time I got back outside it had flown from the tree back toward our backyard. I went out back and saw it swoop again along Twenty Fifth Street.
Comparing what I saw to pictures on the internet and in my bird books, and keeping in mind the size of the thing, my guess is it is a juvenile bald eagle (head had not turned white).
3 or 4 of our neighbours saw it as well. Has anyone else seen this beast around the neighbourhood? This has been a banner year for bunnies around here and I don’t doubt the available food may be what has attracted it.