so hard to tell! usually when I'm not sure, I call everything a Red Tailed Hawk, as they are highly variable in their colorations :-)
I think it's a kestrel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Female_American_Kestrel.jpgsee, a female
we were thinking that too! but we figured our family Bird Expert would know....are kestrels in Oregon?
Yes there are probably kestrels in Oregon but this reeeeally does not look like a kestrel to me! They are much smaller, and even the females are blue on back and orange Buffy colored on chest, just slightly more muted than the males. I'm thinking hawk or falcon.