This hawk was invisible, until he flew up and past us. I think he was on a low branch just off a trail. We walked to where we thought he had landed and found him.
Now to get a good ID.
The usual answer, with minimal thought, is Red-shouldered. Especially where we saw him. But the chest markings are all wrong. Stocky build is a little off too, as well as the top of beak ‘yellowing’ missing.
Merlin ID’s the bird as either a Broad-winged, Red-tailed, or Red-shouldered. All depending on the angle we submitted.
I lean towards Broad-winged based on the size and ‘tear drop’ chest feathering.
As Ellen and I finish with more images and compare notes I will post more.
Any thoughts out there ?