My 8 pound cat, Mooshoo, was demanding to be set free into the backyard so I finally gave in. She usually just walks around on the grass and then either lays down on the bench beside the back door or comes to the door wanting to come back inside. She chose the latter, so I went to the door to let her in.
Just as I started to open the glass door, a hawk appeared out of nowhere on the right headed down towards Mooshoo. It crashed into the glass and fell instead, standing with its wings spread out, nose-to-nose with my cat!! It's body was larger than my cats and the wingspan was about 2 ft. on each side! I was stunned and then yanked open the door and grabbed Mooshoo as the hawk recovered and took off.
I assume it was a red-tailed hawk, but not sure. I did not think of one coming after my cat!
I went online to see if one would eat a cat and here is what it said:
"They can also prey on marmots, white-tailed jackrabbits, small domestic dogs, domestic cats, or female wild turkey, all of which are easily double the weight of most red-tails.
Now I am afraid to let her out!