I got a new neighbor, is it a hawk?

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  1. toomuchfun

    toomuchfun Tele-Afflicted

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    I was mowing the yard this morning and as I approached the front street I saw a very large bird sitting across the street about 4 feet off the road. We have some big crows around but this was much larger. When I grabbed my camera and went out to take a pic it had disappeared. I took another lap and saw it on top of a light pole. After awhile it flew over me to a tree and showed an impressive wing span.

    Sorry for the poor pics but can anyone identify this bird? Thanks.

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    Nice bird !!! Some expert will chime in ...a Google image search may find a match ...
     
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    I was thinking maybe a Cooper. Where's that durned bird skeleton guy?
     
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    I think it might be a red tailed hawk. What ever it is there used to be several of them hang out at a now defunct golf course I used to play. There were a number of coots, or mud hens who stayed in the ponds. The coots would often climb out of the pond and graze in the grass pecking away. If one coot strayed from the group, a hawk just like the one pictured would swoop down and grab him, kill him on the spot, and eat the part he liked (the breast) and leave the rest. Odd thing about it was, when the hawk was killing poor Mr. Coot, the ones out in the pond would swim over to shore to watch, when the hawk was finished, they would all just turn around and paddle away. The groundskeepers never picked up the remains, overnight the coyotes would make short work of the leavings. All that would remain were a few feathers that soon blew away.
     
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    The black crow he's the Joker
    The red tailed hawk's the King
    The diamondback, he's the Taxman
    He don't miss a thing
     
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    It's likely a Red Tailed Hawk with those fluffy white feathers on the legs. "Kriders color form". There are a few similar Hawks that have dark or light variations though, including Red Tailed, Ferruginous, Rough Legged etc. But the Red Tailed has those fluffy white legs sometimes.
     
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    Almost certainly a red tailed hawk given the field markings and your location.
     
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    I agree with red tailed hawk.

    We have a Cooper's hawk who hangs around here. He takes the words "bird feeder" very literally.
     
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    Agreed, red-tailed hawk. And a healthy one. Coopers Hawks are more bluish gray, are considerably smaller and slimmer and have defined horizontal stripes on their tail feathers.
     
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    Calling Bones!

    I would say Red-Tailed. Hundreds of them around here. And lots of Great Horned Owls.

    Our mama Mini Aussie just had pups. If they go outside, we have to be on the lookout for these predators.
     
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    Bones knows .
     
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    I’m going with the red-tailed. They tend to have vertical chest markings, which your neighbor has. The broad-shouldered tend to have horizontal chest markings, although many people confuse the two species.
     
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    Nice photos! On the hunt... Watch out for your chickens.....
     
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    Well, all the red tails around here in southeastern PA are much grayer on the wing/upper body areas than your photo suggests, but color variations are common.
     
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    Red Tail Hawk, they've experienced a wonderful re-population in the northeast over the last 20 years or so. We've got a ton of them in our neck of woods. Wonderful birds to watch.
     
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    Looks like a Red Tail Hawk to me.

    I even think I see some red tail feathers there.
     
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    Red tailed hawk. We have them in CA. I spotted one sitting on top of my garage one morning. He was eating a pigeon. They’re pretty big. 3-4 foot wingspan. Beautiful birds.
     
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    Taken at a friend of mine's house earlier today. Sharp Shinned I think

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