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Red-shouldered or Red-tailed Hawk?

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Seen in woods surrounding fresh-water pond in Norwalk, CT. Flew in low, paused on branch , and flew into canopy. Mostly red-tailed hawks in this area, but double checking in case this might be a red-shouldered hawk. Would appreciate any help!

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Yep, Red-tailed.  Tail pattern is different (thin dark bands instead of thin pale bands in Red-shouldered) and it lacks the prominent pale barring on the secondaries that a Red-shouldered would have.

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