“My” hawk flew by when I was filling the birdbath, and from underneath the edges of its wings looked white, but then it landed in the mesquite and jumped from limb to limb, so I couldn’t get a good photo, but from his tail stripes I’d say that he’s a Cooper’s hawk. (Click on the photo to enlarge and see the stripes.) Can’t really tell from google images, are a Cooper’s hawk wings edged in white?
Went outside to get a closer photo and one looked up at me from the drainage swale and started up the incline right next to the house, getting so close (although on the other side of the large pot) that I backed inside. Did he want a handout or did he just want to sniff me? (His back hairs were not standing up.) Then he backed up and did the usual route through the hedge.
My cat, Cami, rarely wants to go outside now, preferring to watch the coyote from the corner of the bed, or the javelinas from my office table, but when she does go out she sits on the upstairs deck and watches the activity below. I was a little worried about the hawk, but think it prefers smaller game. Cami’s a survivor!