2023-08-11: hawk?

or falcon? i'm not sure, but either way, it glided down to land at the edge of our roof, surveying the backyard. after i pointed it out, my partner: uhhh, should we take the dogs inside?

as if to answer the question, it swooped down and flew between us, maybe four feet higher than our heads, skimmed the fence top, and flew towards the nearby pond.

the dogs had no idea anything was amiss, but we hustled them inside, shut the patio door, split a treat between them. the hawk-or-falcon now elsewhere, left to circle the pond and nearby fields.