Date: 11/25/19 6:44 pm
From: Carole Hallett <carole.hallett...>
Subject: [obol] Re: [obol]
The whitish border to the sort of wavy tail bands is another good field
mark. They have really cool tails.

Good spotting!
Carole Hallett

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019, 13:07 Bob Archer <rabican1...> wrote:

> 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
>> --
>> Dr. Rebecca Hartman
>> Associate Professor of History
>> History Department
>> Eastern Oregon University
>> 541-962-3599
>> *The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to
>> grow sharper.”*― Eden Phillpotts

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