Large for a bird, small for a bird of prey

by Patsy
(Cambridge, Ontario, Ontario )


Spotted in my back yard in Cambridge/North Dumfries border.

The back is dark slate colour and the breast, neck and head is a very light grey or white with small spots.

It allowed me to approach and take pictures with my phone and watched me as I approached.

I love birds of prey but can’t identify any.

I’d love to know what it is.

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Apr 20, 2020
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by: Anonymous

Hello. This sounds like a Cooper's Hawk by your description for sure, look on this site at the top of the bird's of prey page and click on the Cooper's Hawk.

Apr 11, 2020
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by: Anonymous

Are you sure this bird is a raptor/hawk species? The photos aren't able to be enlarged enough, but my first guess is that it is not a hawk or such at all but a female wild turkey, however on as close an inspection as I can see by the photos it may be an Osprey, although they tend to be more brown than gray, with a whitish breast.

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