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Post Posted: Aug 23, 2017 12:19 pm 
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I just looked in my Birds of North America book and the immature red tail hawk has bars on it's tail. And the hawk I've been seeing also had the bars on his tail. By the picture in the book the Coopers hawk has a more slender body than the red tail, and is a couple of inches smaller in length. I've had a couple of pairs of red tail nesting around here somewhere.


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Post Posted: Aug 23, 2017 12:38 pm 
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I'll have to take a closer look next time. He was about the size of a crow.

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Post Posted: Sep 23, 2017 8:31 pm 
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I think your guy looks like my pair, and this guy. Way too big to be a Coopers or Red tail I think. I think the Goshawks all have some yellow on the beak, so that's out for mine. The post that this dude is sitting on is a little more than 5' - which makes this bird head-to-tail over 2 feet long. There seems to be no red on the tail. I was guessing Ferruginous Hawk (but no reddish color) or Northern Harrier? Fairly certain Ornithologists of America will not be calling for my opinion though.

And they are stellar at hunting rodents and rabbits and likely would snag our Pomeranian pretty fast. I have some video of hunting activity but its a bit gruesome. I'll leave that to TV...

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Post Posted: Sep 24, 2017 5:34 am 
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The Ferruginous Hawk and Northern Harrier have yellow on their beaks too.
And the coloring is not quite right.

Your picture sure looks like a No. Goshawk to me. The eye markings are pretty distinct. The tiny bit on yellow on the beak might be imperceptible on that individual bird at that distance.

But what you said applies to me too...
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