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Golden Eagle or Juv. Bald Eagle?

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Old Saturday 27th June 2020, 12:05   #1
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Golden Eagle or Juv. Bald Eagle?

Had this visitor to our yard in Alexandria, VA this morning. Is this a juvenile bald eagle, a golden eagle, or something else?
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Old Saturday 27th June 2020, 12:18   #2
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It's a Red-shouldered Hawk.
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Old Saturday 27th June 2020, 13:35   #3
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Too bulky and short-tailed for a Red-shouldered. This looks like a Red-tailed Hawk to me.
Eagles are much larger and have different proportions - smaller heads and larger bills.
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I would tend towards Red-tailed as well. The pale mottling is a feature in support of that.
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