Time of observation approx. 7:40 a.m.
This photo doesn't do it much justice, but not the crescent pale mark on the wing, an unmistakeable ID mark even with a photo this poor.
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) Burnham Prairie Cook County IL July 2016 Week #30 Jeff Skrentny IMG_3157
The Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) is a medium-sized hawk. Its breeding range spans eastern North America and along the coast of California and northern to northeastern-central Mexico. Red-shouldered Hawks are permanent residents throughout most of their range, though northern birds do migrate, mostly to central Mexico. The main conservation threat to the widespread species is deforestation.