We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Well, sort of. Tail color is "one-way diagnostic:" a buteo with a solid red tail is always a Red-tailed Hawk. But the absence of a red tail is not by itself enough evidence to say it's not a Red-tailed.
This is a Red-Tailed hawk. From the trees, the photo was taken in the spring. For a Red-Tail to have a barred tail like that in the spring time, it hatched the previous spring - it has not yet moulted these feathers and grown the striking red tail feathers. Technically it is an immature Red-Tailed hawk, although it is nearly a year old.