Please Help Identify Mr. Big Bird . . .

I live in Indiana where we’ve been having an extremely harsh winter.  As a result, I have been feeding small birds at a  bird feeder; however, in the past few weeks this beautiful wild bird has appeared on many occasions.

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The only thing I am certain of is that my small birds are his prey and do not recognize this bird to be native of our state.  At first while watching out the window, I thought it was either a rabbit or a cat sitting in the snow.  However, realized quickly that it was a big bird.

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My home is near a park in one direction and in another direction, the river where many wild animals such as fox, deer and coyotes roam.  Therefore, it wouldn’t be unusual that a wild bird soaring to an unknown destination might feel comfortable in stopping by to rest and/or hunt for food.  Plus, I always have fresh water setting nearby.

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Today the best pictures were taken of Mr. Big Bird. You could not help noticing that his mouth might be watering while watching a squirrel eat sunflower seeds on the tray below the feeder.  It was obvious that he had his eye on the squirrel and not the sunflower seeds.

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I would love to feed him something besides one of the birds but what or would it be best that he find his food elsewhere?

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Today, the bird feeder was removed and hopefully Mr. Big Bird will move on to his final destination.

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The above pictures were all taken through a window except this picture where the camera zoomed in on Mr. Big Bird.  He had soared away when I stepped outside  to prevent an attack on the squirrel.

Any help you can give in identifying this bird, would be appreciated.  I have checked on line and the nearest identity might be a Golden Eagle or a Juvenile Bald Eagle.  Some people thought it to be a red-tailed hawk, but it doesn’t have a red tail.  Another person suggested a Becker Hawk but in checking the beak and other areas,  it is hardly likely.  One of my former neighbors has her heart set on it being a Peregrine Falcon because a few years ago we had one visit our bird feeders. However, the markings and nature of the beak do not match.

Thank you for stopping by!

I am posting this the next day after more research.  It is strongly believed that Mr. Big Bird is a Juvenile Bald Eagle or one and the same as an Immature Bald Eagle…see pictures and specifically Robin Lamb’s photo of the day (I’m waiting to hear from Mr. Lamb):

https://www.google.com/search?q=iMMATURE+EAGLES&client=firefox-a&hs=zOW&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=fflb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=rdwEU7qgHZTOyAGhq4G4Cg&ved=0CC8QsAQ&biw=1024&bih=611#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=06PuCQ_6xz70bM%253A%3BfehuiIBgbGH-YM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Frobinsdaily.files.wordpress.com%252F2013%252F02%252Feagle.jpg%3Bhttps%253A%252F%252Frobinsdaily.wordpress.com%252Ftag%252Fbald-eagle%252F%3B1368%3B836

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I am passionate about animals, poetry, music, photography & writing. It’s great to be alive & part of a world on the cusp of changing for the better. "Learn to Love with all your heart & accept the unlovable sides. For everyone can Love a rose but only a great heart can include the thorns. . . ." Unknown
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