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If anyone could definitively tell me what species my new friend here is, that would be much appreciated! Everything I could gather from internet image searches has me thinking it might be a (juvenile?) Broad-winged hawk.

He/she has become a regular morning visitor over our property here in Beckwith, Ontario (roughly equal parts mixed forest, open fields, and marsh), and has taken an interest in my drone flights. I'll post a follow-up with a video clip.

 

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There's no need to qualify "juvenile." It is certainly such, as no adult buteo in Ontario comes close to matching this plumage. The extensiveness of the translucent wing panels rule out one of the likely local buteo species (Red-shouldered), leaving Broad-winged and Red-tailed. The lack of dark patagial bars (leading edge of wing on underside) rules out Red-tailed.

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Here is the above view from when it went over to check out what the drone was.

I was starting an aerial survey of a section of our woods near our eastern property line, when this one made its appearance over a field to the west of us. I didn't pay it much attention until I saw it buzz across my screen. Thankfully it just seemed to be checking out the drone. It would have been an awful chore trying to find and retrieve a drone from that patch of woods.

I included a screen grab, as we might not often get a chance to see the same hawk in flight from both above and below.

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4 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

There's no need to qualify "juvenile." It is certainly such, as no adult buteo in Ontario comes close to matching this plumage. The extensiveness of the translucent wing panels rule out one of the likely local buteo species (Red-shouldered), leaving Broad-winged and Red-tailed. The lack of dark patagial bars (leading edge of wing on underside) rules out Red-tailed.

So we have a consensus that this is a juvenile Broad-winged hawk?

Excellent. Thank you for your expertise.

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