large pigeon or dove-like bird, light in color, sounds like a hawk

There is a pair of birds that rest in high trees around our house in San Diego county. They're the size of a pigeon, but look more like doves; they're lighter in color. They don't make pigeon or dove sounds; sounds close to a screech and is loud. They landed in our yard once, but pretty much stay higher up.

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Aug 31, 2015
PIgeon or Dove like bird. NEW
by: Anonymous

Your description of pigeon sized bird resembling a hawk sounds like a bird known as a Pigeon Hawk or Merlin which is fairly common to your area.

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