Thursday, January 3, 2008

Northern Goshawk!

Yesterday evening, I IDed a N Goshawk over on Cty OO near the middle school (mom found it for me)
It was clearly an Accipiter with a long tail and dark bluey-black back. The chest was grey rather than the reddish color of an adult cooper's or sharpie. You could also just barely make out the white supercilium of an Adult N Goshawk.

I'm glad I got that one out of the way. Goshawks are tricky to find at best. Especially around here and I'm not foreseeing any future trips to the northern rockies where they can be found. They are also one of the coolest N American Hawks. This one is the 3rd Goshawk that I have found in Richland County. I've only ever seen 5 of them. The other two being out west. One of them being this year when I was out visiting the Tetons and Yellowstone.

Now, on to the next bird. I still need Snowbuntings, Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs.


Jochen said...

Northern Goshawks are excessively cool. I am fortunate to live in an area of Germany where you can see them basically every day you go out birding (a different subspecies though), but no matter how often you get to see them, you never grow tired of them.

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