Identify This Hawk — Wildlife in Our Own Backyard

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— Photo by Mike Smith

Dear Folks,

Hawks are harder to identify than I thought. Mike took the picture above and the two below. We checked out many hawks with speckled bellies on Google and we came up with one we THOUGHT it was.

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— Photo by Mike Smith

But then, as I did more research, I found that many different hawks are very similar but for an angle or shape of the head, and other minute features. Maybe some of you bird enthusiasts or ornithologists can help us out here. Please. Identify this handsome hawk. He has been hanging around the house for quite some time now.

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— Photo by Mike Smith

This hawk was photographed in St. Clair County, Alabama, in January 2015.

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