One day when I lived in Iowa, I found a screeching raptor on my back patio step. I wasn’t sure what he was doing so close to the house – he was huge! But then I realized, he was eyeing my African Grey parrot, Zeph. They eat small animals. I’m glad I didn’t take Zeph outdoors unattended. I never knew such a predator existed in Iowa. I miss all the ground animals and birds there. More activity than in Oregon – the animals in Oregon tend to hide more even though I’m in a more rural area on 20 acres! The cougars just won’t let themselves be seen!
Ok, ignore my labeling, I think we’ve concluded this is a red-tailed hawk.