Hunky Husband yelled for me to "Come - quick!" When I got to the living room, he wanted me to look at a hawk that was perched on a wrought iron feeder-support staff at the edge of "my meadow". I couldn't see it because I had my computer glasses on. By the time I retrieved my driving glasses, the hawk had moved but was still in sight. It wasn't obvious to me the species we were watching (in our yard I expect it to be either a red-tailed or a sharp-shinned), so I tiptoed over to get a pair of binoculars. I still didn't have the species pegged; so I went for my camera, put the longer lens on it, and started snapping pictures.
While I was screwing around with the camera, a second hawk (just like the first) alit near the first hawk. I did not get a picture of the two together, but I did get a dozen frames (not all in focus) of one of the pair. I have tentatively identified the hawks as a species that we've not seen here, before - (see below the fold after you've decided what you think it is.) I would appreciate your opinion either confirming or denying my identification. In posting the photos I have cropped and lightened them; but, I have not changed the coloration. Colors are rather dull due to our overcast sky. The hawks were southeast of my position (I shot through the kitchen window, looking straight back into the back lot) and the sun is hidden but behind the hawks and to my left as the time was about 8:20am.
By the way: HH concluded, and I concurred, that the hawks were worming - pulling worms from the wet ground.
I eventually tired of holding the camera in readiness to catch the hawk in flight (or at least with its wings upraised) and left the scene. The hawk left, too. About an hour later, the hawk returned and stuck around for another 30 minutes or so - of which we know. Here are three photos of the hawk - the last one taken through rain.
The next photo was added at 5:15pm
Note that both hawks are in this photo. They have hung about all day!
The hawk action was in our back yard. In the front yard were three mallard ducks - two drakes and one hen.
My tentative identification of the hawk(s) is red-shouldered.
Addition of 5:15pm
I no longer consider the identification tentative. Having seen the hawks in sunlight, I'll stick with my opinion that they are red-shouldered hawks.