Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dark female NG

16 November-  Noon- Anacortes
1 dark female NG in flight at tree top level- then soaring over Anacortes at about 500 feet elevation. I'm loving it. If I were at Mc Donald's parking lot drinking coffee - and a goshawk flew by- then that is a double I'm loving it!

Goshawk Doubles! 17 November  11 a.m.  Near Mount Erie
2 goshawks- mature, circling over 3 Red- Tailed hawks that were circling over tree tops near the base of Mt. Erie. Bright sun. The male NG made 2 dives to attack the female. Or was it cavorting? Then the male male went circling at about 1500 feet elevation. Then behind me was a perched immature female Cooper's. I'm loving it, even though the McDonald's is 6 miles away.

NG Hunting- and goshawk batches

27 July  11 a.m.  Saint Mary's Church
1 male NG circling over and over again, in hunting mode. Observation time about 90 seconds. Bright sun. The hawk was flapping with very deep, very rapid, and very flexible wing beats.

17 August  4 p.m. Saint Mary's Church
1 NG ripping through at about 150 feet elevation, near the church. Observation time 20 seconds; bright sun.

28 September   - 2 sightings of male NG in flight, on Commercial Ave, Anacortes. At this time there were many bikers about with their bikes during a yearly rally. Sightings were at 10:30 and 10:40 a.m.

2 October - 1 NG - Mount Erie School- Anacortes.
1 NG circling over and over again near the school. Bright sun- wind at about 2 miles per hour.

4 October- Merlin doubles- Anacortes
2  Merlin in flight near Saint Mary's Church. I have many Merlin sightings in Anacortes, and in flight.

6 October- 1 male NG- 1:45 p.m.   Skagit Regional Airport
1 male NG in flight. This hawk was not in migration. Bright sun. This area is good for observing goshawks in flight. But not during June, July, or August, or most of September.

10 November  2:45 p.m.   Anacortes
1 resident male NG ripping through at 250 feet elevation at Saint Mary's Church. Cool breeze, bright sun.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

40 White Pelicans over Anacortes

July 8-  11:45 a.m.  Anacortes
40  White Pelicans in a kettle at about 1,000 feet elevation. I love the black and white.
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Peregrine doubles- downtown Anacortes

5 July- Down town Anacortes- 9 a.m.
2 Peregrine falcons circling- one high one below, at low. Then at 9:30 a.m., 1 P- bird ripping through. Overcast and cloudy, no wind.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Five minute Goshawk

24 June  2:30 p.m.  Mt. Erie School - Anacortes
1 male NG circling over and over again- and doing mostly flapping. Elevation of hawk- 200 feet. Then the hawk went to 500 feet elevation. Observation time - 5 minutes; bright sun. The sighting was naked eye.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Raven attacking a male NG

21 June  6:30 p.m. Anacortes
From my back deck which overlooks Anacortes - 1 raven was constantly attacking a male NG. The wing beats-plus the size- and the wing holdings and the length of tail indicated male NG. The observation started 1 mile from my position, and was heading toward me. The NG appeared to be carrying small prey. As the battle went to my flank and a house and trees blocked my view- I left my position and entered the street in front of my house expecting to resume the observation. And I was correct as the NG was well past my position and ripping through the very tips of the evergreen trees on a hillside over looking my ridge line. There is no doubt that the NG was heading toward MT. Erie. This is a rare sighting- to observe a goshawk in flight- as this is now the nesting season. Bright sun- observation time about 4 minutes- elevation of hawk about 200 feet.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Roof-top goshawk

11 May  12 Noon  Saint Mary Church
With bright sun, while sitting on my deck which over-looks downtown Anacortes, a bird was heading toward me, and flapping. The bird was dark. Only when the bird was directly overhead, and then just cleared the top of the roof, did I realize that the bird was a mature Northern goshawk. The hawk was so close that I could not fathom the size. As the bird was approaching my position, it seemed as if the wings were too long to be a male goshawk.