I am trying to identify this hawk that I saw in the parking lot at my office in Tamarac, South Florida.
We are very close to the edge of the Everglades in western Broward county. The parking lot has many bushes and small trees and the local birds are mockingbirds, mourning doves, grackles, blue jays, and the occasional green parrots.
A couple of local wildlife experts differed in opinion - either a juvenile broadwing or juvenile Cooper's hawk.
The hawk was in a small tree and the mockingbirds were having a fit. They were squawking and chasing and dive bombing the hawk. But I followed the commotion and got these pics of the hawk on a branch.
He was much larger than the smaller birds but not as large as some of the hawks I have seen in other neighborhoods.
He had grayish coloring with a light gray breast with darker spots or streaks. He had big yellow eyes and a hooked gray beak.
His legs were long and bare, which made me think he was young. Most pictures I have seen of mature adults had feathers growing down their legs.
If anyone thinks it will help, I have two other pictures with a close up of his head and a better view of his breast.