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Friday, February 14, 2014

Photo Share: Northern Goshawk?

I was shoveling my driveway yesterday and heard an unusual call from the top of a neighbor's tree. Was this a Northern Goshawk? Feel free to share the picture.

Hello, Thank you for sharing such a fabulous picture! I've never seen a Northern Goshawk, so to be honest, I can't tell from the photo. Did it have a bold whitish eyebrow. All accipiters, including northern goshawks, have a distinctive white grouping of feathers which form a band above the eye (the superciliary). In goshawks this band is thick and more pronounced than in the other members of the species.

The colorings of adult male and female northern goshawks range from slate blue-gray to black. Their backs, wing coverts, and heads are usually dark, and their undersides are white with fine, gray, horizontal barring. Their tails are light gray with three or four dark bands.

Northern Goshawks are mostly silent but you can listen to see if this is the call you heard at: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/northern_goshawk/sounds

Thank you Ne for sharing your wonderful photo. If anyone else would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com and I'll put it on the Friday Photo posts.

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