Is this an eagle chick?

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This guy was in the woods behind my house late this evening. My neighbor saw him (her?) and called us. It obviously couldn't fly.

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I now think it must be an osprey. Here's another view:

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Have no idea how he got here. We live at the top of a mountain at least 12 miles from the nearest significant body of water.
 
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Definitely NOT a juvenile Osprey. Wrong color eyes for any age of Osprey. Juveniles have blood red eyes, going to yellow as adults.

Here is a Juvenile just about to fledge, ready for first flight, notice the eye color. They practice jumping up wing flapping in the nest for a couple of weeks prior to first flight:

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This is the same nest, a
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You can see how much redder the eyes are. You can see the Adult behind the Juveniles, bright Yellow eyes.

So, not sure what type of raptor that is, but an Osprey it isn't.
 
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DW Brewer

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Alignment of the talons on the feet is incorrect for an osprey, and the previous comment on eye color is spot on.
 
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I think it's a juvie Red-shouldered hawk.
It's the only one closest I can find in my book.
 

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