Backyard Bird of Prey

by Thomas
(Mason, Ohio)

I've seen this majestic bird in my wooded backyard for many years. I can't figure out what kind of bird it is.

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Aug 30, 2014
by: AuntGiki

juvenile Red-tailed hawk

Aug 30, 2014
backyard bird of prey NEW
by: Brook

It is difficult to see the color on your hawks crown but it looks brown to me, so it wouldn't be an Osprey. I believe your pic is of a Red Tailed Hawk which is the most common hawk in North America. You can go to and search for the Red Tailed Hawk and there you can also listen to it's call and read facts about the species. If you don't think this is your hawk you can google "pictures of perched hawks" and numerous pictures will be viewable to compare. I hope you find a conclusive answer about your hawk.

Aug 29, 2014
I'd Say It's a Hawk NEW
by: Anonymous

It HAS TO be a bird of prey with the placement of the eyes in my opinion. I am inclined to say it's an Osprey or Fish Hawk since it's underside is white and it has a band through the eye on the side of it's head. You didn't say what part of Ohio, but if you are anywhere around water that's probably your bird. The habitat doesn't show them south of the great lakes but I live along the Ohio River in western PA and we have them here. I believe their range is expanding as the waterways clean up. Such a beautiful bird! Lucky you.

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