I'm new here. I am from Orlando, FL. I saw a bird on 10/31 that must have been wearing a disguise (ha ha)......it was very hawklike except for the tuft on the top of its head. I thought it might be a red-shouldered hawk with the wind causing a 'bad hair' day. However, on the following morning there was a red-shouldered hawk in my pine tree and the wind was blowing. The feathers on top of his head ruffled but didn't look at all like the bird I saw the day before. So, picture this.....a hawklike bird standing over a dead armadillo. The brown feathers on top of the head looked like a flattop haircut grown long and tied up with a rubber band and falling over. The neck was buff colored with stripes and the rest of the body was pretty much brown. I looked in my bird books and couldn't find anything that resembled this bird. I wish I had had a camera with me. I don't recall the beak shape or color or the color of the legs. I was just sure I could identify the bird by the crazy head feathers.
So.....does this sound like anything any of you have seen?
More info: I was on an entrance ramp to a local tollroad when I saw this bird. There are a lot of pines, oaks, cypress etc in the area if that helps.