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I'd lean towards Cooper's Hawk. Harriers tend to soar with a bit of a dihedral, pus white rump (this bird has some white at the side, but the rump itself is brown). Was this bird flying fairly low and quickly with short bursts of flapping interspersed with glides? Did it come from or fly into a wooded area? 

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6 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

I'd lean towards Cooper's Hawk. Harriers tend to soar with a bit of a dihedral, pus white rump (this bird has some white at the side, but the rump itself is brown). Was this bird flying fairly low and quickly with short bursts of flapping interspersed with glides? Did it come from or fly into a wooded area? 

I’d agree. Also, OP, any idea what the apparent raptor is in the first shot’s background (if it is a bird)?

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5 minutes ago, blackburnian said:

I’d agree. Also, OP, any idea what the apparent raptor is in the first shot’s background (if it is a bird)?

Looks like a hawk to me. What hawk I don't know.

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19 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

I'd lean towards Cooper's Hawk. Harriers tend to soar with a bit of a dihedral, pus white rump (this bird has some white at the side, but the rump itself is brown). Was this bird flying fairly low and quickly with short bursts of flapping interspersed with glides? Did it come from or fly into a wooded area? 

Location/habitat: Merry Brothers Brick Ponds--ponds of various sizes, including some very large bodies of water, divided by dikes/roads which are overgrown with bushes and tree's.

I think I flushed the bird from a line of small trees. It flew over a pond reaching an altitude of roughly 30 feet before dropping back down into trees in the background. 

You aptly describe the flap and glide flight pattern. It was slower and heavier than a Sharp-shinned. And I agree they white showing is the undertail coverts rather than the rump.

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29 minutes ago, blackburnian said:

I’d agree. Also, OP, any idea what the apparent raptor is in the first shot’s background (if it is a bird)?

Unfortunately, I did not notice that bird in the field.

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25 minutes ago, akiley said:

Looks like a hawk to me. What hawk I don't know.

On that note, I did not get an accipiter vibe in the field. But then it was mostly going away. Probably tough to call with these shots.

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2 hours ago, akiley said:

Looks like a hawk to me. What hawk I don't know.

Huh.  I'd go with a mockingbird if forced to guess.

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6 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Huh.  I'd go with a mockingbird if forced to guess.

I was thinking maybe Red-tailed Hawk?

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