You are more than likely correct. Locally they are referred to as a Berry Mills Hawk (i guess because that's the name of the area they frequent )Wow - you were both very lucky! I'm not sure but I think that this is a Red=tailed Hawk: Red-tailed Hawk, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
I am in Moncton, NB, Canada. The bird was about 18 inches tall. I'm thinking after some research that it may actually be a juvenile Coopers Hawk. NatGeo has a great tool for tools like me!Well, I'm not sure. I keep looking at different websites...and my field guide. How big was this hawk, Keven? Then I thought maybe it could be a Cooper's Hawk... I did a search for Berry Mills Hawk but didn't come up with anything, so you may well be right about your guess.
grebeman is our resident birder and I hope he'll be able to be more definitive. Remind me again where you are?
Beware that the colour of the iris can change as the bird matures. In the UK the iris of our Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) can vary between brown, brown-yellow, brown-grey and sometimes grey or white, thought to be correlated with plumage colour which is extremely variable in this species, the iris of the young bird is generally paler. For our Sparrowhawk (Accipter nisus) the iris is yellow to orange in the female and yellow to red in the male with the juvenile showing a yellower iris.I just keep looking at that eye.