Date: 11/24/19 1:08 pm
From: Bob Archer <rabican1...>
Subject: [obol] Re: [obol]
The fact that it landed on top of a snag, seemed the size of a Red-tailed
(Goshawk can be longer but much less beefier), has wings that barely reach
half way down the tail, white supercilium, and heavy streaks pretty much
nails it as a Goshawk.

Bob Archer

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 12:40 PM Rebecca Hartman <rhartman...> wrote:

> Dear Obolers,
> Yesterday I travelled to the HK burn area in Morrow Co., having been lured
> by an intriguing e-Bird list from November 18th, where the observers
> encountered a gathering of 21 Black-backed Woodpeckers and 3 American
> Three-toeds. That list is here:
> Alas, I failed to locate a single woodpecker species. Anywhere. It was a
> decidedly un-birdy day for me.
> However, I did stumble across what is perhaps a Northern Goshawk? And I
> was hoping folks would be willing to share their thoughts. I have two poor
> pics attached. The lighter of the two is the best; I included the second
> because it captures the shape of the bird, which to me seemed rather
> long-necked with a broad head.
> Initially, the bird was perched atop a medium-sized snag, near the road on
> the edge of a small clearing in the forest. It was backlit, but seemed
> nearly the size of a Red-Tail. My first two observations (without bins)
> were its distinct whitish supercilium and its very heavily, thick-streaked
> underparts. A somewhat pale nape, but the heavy streaking ran pretty much
> the entire length of the bird, and was a striking field mark to me, as it
> was quite different than anything I'm familiar with. Because the bird was
> facing me, I could not see its tail. Of course it took flight as I reached
> for my bins.
> It was difficult to observe anything about its flight, as it moved low,
> behind the tree tops. My vague impression was stiff wing beats like a
> Cooper's Hawk, but slower, but my experience with those is quite limited.
> It flew a few hundred feet to the pictured perch. What leads me to think it
> could be a juvenile Goshawk are the uneven tail-bands, which you can see
> pretty well in the better pic, and the distance between the primaries and
> the tail tip, along with that supercilium and thickly streaked belly. And
> that I *want *it to be a Goshawk, truth be told. So I thought I'd see
> what more experienced birders have to say.
> Thanks and good birding,
> Rebecca
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> Dr. Rebecca Hartman
> Associate Professor of History
> History Department
> Eastern Oregon University
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