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Old Thursday 2nd July 2020, 08:30   #1
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ID of Hawk San Francisco Bay

Hi, I am a birdwatcher from the UK and took this photo in January last year in San Francisco Bay. Assumed it was a Red Tailed Hawk, but when looking at again, thought it might be Red Shouldered Hawk. Can anyone help please ? Thank You
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Red-shouldered it is
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I agree with Bowley. You can see the checkerboard pattern on the folded wingtips. Also, this bird has barring that's uniform over its belly, whereas a red-tail would have streaks, with an uneven distribution making a "girdle" pattern.
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Indeed, a Red-shouldered Hawk and nicely captured.
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