Juvenile Red Shouldered Hawk

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This hawk has been having a great time in our woods and fields. He/she come right up to the house as well. Caught these through the bedroom window as I was getting dressed for work. So this is a genuine peeping tom hawk...

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I don't have my bird id book here at work but that mask on its face makes me think this is a Peregrine falcon rather than a juvenile RSH. I'm sure others more knowledgable than I will chime in but I'll look when I get home tonight. Cool shots though.
 
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I don't have my bird id book here at work but that mask on its face makes me think this is a Peregrine falcon rather than a juvenile RSH. I'm sure others more knowledgable than I will chime in but I'll look when I get home tonight. Cool shots though.
You know, I think you're right, it's a peregrine. I just checked my bird book and it does look more like a falcon than a hawk!
 
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I used to think these were peregrins as well, but we don't have peregrins here (or they are very very rare). I'm pretty certain it's a juvenile red shouldered hawk as it's parents are on the property too, but I haven't captured them yet.
 
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In my book he/she wasn't as dark but they are setting in a nice shady spot to wile away the afternoon,,, ;-)))) love these birds of prey.....
 
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I think it’s a red shoulder from the way the markings on the breast and what I can see of the tail look a lot like this 16-week-old red shoulder I had by my home. Also what is said about the way it flies about in the woods makes me think like a RS as they are masters at that. I think the Falcon has a more flat tail, and more bars or spots of plumage at that age than the Red Shoulder but this is just what I think.
Lou
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