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Identify this bird in NE Pennsylvania

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Old Thursday 28th April 2016, 21:06   #1
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Identify this bird in NE Pennsylvania

I was mowing the grass last week when I noticed this bird which I never seen in the area before. It stayed in the same place, for about half an hour, even while I mowed underneath it. Can anyone identify it?
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Agree. If it was in Plains, which isn't far from me, I might have seen it flying around my area.

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At first I also thought it was a Cooper's Hawk but the bird I saw has no brown on its breast. I thought it might be a Goshawk because of its light blue-gray and almost black color. However, NE PA is very near the bottom of its range.
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At first I also thought it was a Cooper's Hawk but the bird I saw has no brown on its breast. I thought it might be a Goshawk because of its light blue-gray and almost black color. However, NE PA is very near the bottom of its range.
Also, a Goshawk would fly away if you moved that close. They are very shy (at least over here), despite (or because of?) being used to human presence.
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