The bird on the home page might quickly be identified as a raptor of some kind.  Obvious marks are a long, banded tail on a generally trim looking bird despite the cold weather.  A little bit of red barring can be seen on the feathers on the right side of the bird.  The combination suggests something like an adult Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk.  Which do you think it is?

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Bird 1

Bird 2

Red-tailed Hawks are large, heavy-bodied hawks with a wide range of plumages. Immatures have a banded tail.

Bird 3:

Another rather slim looking hawk - Red-shouldered Hawk