Well, I got some photos of the beast, although not one good one. They all look like lots of sky with a black blob in it. With the exception of dogs and a few cats, critters seem to know when you’re trying to photograph them and do their best to foil you. This hawk was circling really high and would start to swoop down to where I could get a decent photo, and then he would pull up and I’d get a snap of blurry tail feathers.
I’ve found a hawk’s nest near the dead pine he likes to sit on, so maybe I’ll have a better chance to get photos in the spring when the Red-Tail family has little hawklets to look after.