Ever since we put in our pergola in the backyard we have had intermittent visits from hawks. I think they like to perch on the pergola and watch for varmints in our meadow. Usually I am not fast enough with the camera to catch the hawk, but tonight I got a shot of him or her on the pergola and flying away.
We have thought our hawk is a red-tail hawk, but checking with the Birds of Minnesota field guide, I think this one could be a Northern Harrier, which is also known as the marsh hawk. Given the ponds and other marshy terrain in our area, that’s a possibility.