Bigger Ohio Dove or Predator?

by Eri
(Northern Ohio)

Have had doves as pets before, and... in morning doves in the yard as 'wild animals'. Saw this bird today, clearly, just for a split-second after flying into a pine tree about 15 yards up and away then past me over the house.

A small dog has always been a concern of mine in the country with coyotes, owls, etc. And I was wondering what type of bird this might be. It flew like a predator bird, not quite like a dove would, with more power, and distiction. But, it looked like a dove just 2-3x the size, and dirtier brown but still with a lighter maybe dirty beige color head. The tail was lighter in color also.
The head and beak seemed dove-like, the beak was slightly curved but not overly, and like I said, it just seemed like a overly, overly big, possessed, dove, and it didn't quite seem like a hawk either.
The body/feathers seemed sleek, like a doves.
What could this bird be?
No pic

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May 23, 2016
bigger ohio dove or predator? NEW
by: Brook

Hi Eri,

It does sound like a bird of prey because of of it's size, the rounded head and the curved beak. However, I don't know what it would be with a dirty white tail. Try this site below:

If you can't find it there call your local /Audubon Society

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