This lovely small bird of prey posed very nicely at my moms a couple days ago, but we are unable to ID it from our bird books.
Mom is 91, and has watched birds all of her adult life. She's unable to get around any longer, so they bring her more pleasure than ever. This bird spent a bit of time on the deck outside moms room, and just made her day. Help! I need to be able to give mom an ID on this. :-)
The white spots are (usually) a sign of immatures, but it varies quite a bit from individual to individual. The upper leg is hidden in the flank feathers (it is crouched down - hawks usually only stand up fully when mantling their prey).