These large birds of prey hunt during the day. What differentiates Hawks from Eagles (and also Falcons) is their size. From largest to smallest: Eagles, Hawks, and Falcons, with the smaller birds becoming more specialized at taking faster, nimble prey. Many of these birds are either threatened, or recovering from dwindling numbers due to loss of habitat, pesticides, as well as other factors.
Owls are members of the Strigiformes, an order of birds of prey (like Hawks and Eagles). All owls are characterized by their large forward-facing eyes, hawk-like beak, flat face and circle of feathers around the face (called a facial disc). We have 8 species of owls in New York State, 7 of which nest here.