sparrow hawk or brown goshawk

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sparrow hawk or brown goshawk

i saw a pair today hunting.  i saw the rounded tail, and the size seemed big enough so i thought it was a brown goshawk.  definately one of the 2 as i saw that checkered pattern. however it happened to fly right over me and the tail didn't look rounded but rectangular.  could it still be a brown goshawk (maybe it tensed it's tail?) or must it be a sparrow hawk?

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ID with these is pretty much impossible without a photo, and often difficult even with one. 

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