unusually low elevation
A big Bird of prey swooped down from the deep woods and nearly went after my dog I think. It got really close to her, it was checking her out for sure. If my dog was a chihuahua I think she would have been a hawks lunch. I wondered if the Hawk was going to attack me as it checked me out too. Maybe it was nesting in the deep woods?? It flew away before I could get a good picture of it, then it sat on a branch and watched us for few seconds before it left. I was deep in old growth hemlock, never seen a hawk in that habitat before.. here are two really bad pictures of it. I guess the hawk saw the movement and thought mouse only to swoop down and see a dog??? Someone suggested northern goshawk
Adult Northern Goshawk in Ponderosa Pine forest, on Bear Mountain just outside Silver City NM
It was hunting (unsuccessfully) shrews and voles under a suet feeder.
The Northern Goshawk /ˈɡɒs.hɔːk/ (Old English: gōsheafoc, "goose-hawk"), Accipiter gentilis, is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes other diurnal raptors, such as eagles, buzzards and harriers. As a species in the Accipiter genus, the goshawk is often considered a "true hawk".