don't think it's a PA red-tailed hawk

by terry
(Newtown square, pa)

Our property borders an area with dense foliage and tall trees. For many years we've been treated to watching several red tails and their babies, always in the same high tree. Recently a neighbor did major renovations and landscaping and scared them away. The last few days, however, we have seen a pair of birds in these trees, mostly after 6 p.m., my husband thinks they're red-tail hawks, but I don't.....they look smaller, their bellies look pinkish, their heads look smaller and I cannot see their "red tails" with binoculars, almost looks like the tail is dark. They have big wingspans, not as big as the red tails I'm used to, and they appear to be waiting patiently for some food like the hawks. Also, if this makes sense, they do not preen and groom like the hawks. We have many hawk-watch sites here in suburban PA so I do know the females are bigger with a bare spot in their belly and have seen baby hawks, would love to know what these birds are. Any ideas? Thank you.

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