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Nice shots!  I'd say your guess is right—feathered legs, no white scapulars, nondescript tail.  A juvenile red-tail would have many narrow, distinct white [edit: dark!] bands.  Maybe the gape is a little short and the head is a little brown, but I haven't seen many of these guys and don't understand their variation.  (Uh-oh, better see what Melierax said.)

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Awesome. Thanks so much, everyone--both for the ID and for enumerating the field marks. Ferruginous was in fact what I was thinking/hoping for. It was just hanging by the roadside along the main road of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal NRW. Not what we would have expected for a hawk like this. Great place. Saw our first Burrowing Owls there, too.

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