northern goshawk 2 (female?)


A powerful raptor of northern forests, the Northern Goshawk is the largest North American accipiter. It maneuvers through dense woods, taking prey as small as squirrels and as large as grouse, crows, and snowshoe hare.


Cool Facts

* The Northern Goshawk is well known for its fierce defense of its nest. It commonly attacks people and other animals that approach the nest too closely.


* The Northern Goshawk can be very persistent in pursuing prey. One goshawk was seen pursuing a snowshoe hare for 45 to 60 minutes along a hedgerow until finally the hare ran into a clearing and was seized. A goshawk may also chase poultry into buildings.


Northern Goshawk - All About Birds


Note: Geotag indicates location of park entrance.

  • Jamuudsen PRO 7y

    Damn, I wish I'd had time to get to the spit today. I haven't seen one of these since I was a kid. They can sure make a mess of a flock of blue jays.
  • Matt MacGillivray PRO 7y

    it was a great day at the spit - fresh snow, and a nice warm pair of sorels. ;)
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology PRO 6y

    This photo appears on All About Birds, a free online bird guide from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Thank you for Birdsharing, and for helping people learn about birds.
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Taken on January 11, 2009
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