Friday, September 30, 2011

Another goshawk

30 September 11 A.M. Saint Mary Church Anacortes
1 NG circling over and over again. Elevation of hawk 500 feet. The hawk was about one and one-half miles south of The Church.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sharpie- probably

25 September 11 A.M. Anacortes- Haddon Road
1 small accipiter- not a Cooper's, being pushed to the ground, from 150 feet elevation. Observation time 20 seconds. If the hawk would have flapped, then probably I would have been sure it was a Sharpie. The winds were steady at 20-25 miles per hour.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Drive-by NG

20 September 1:30 P.M. MT. Erie School- Anacortes
1 Common Northern Goshawk- circling and flapping as a goshawk can flap. Elevation of hawk 150 feet. Observation time - 20 seconds. The hawk was observed, naked -eye, as we were driving and when we came to a stop at stop sign. We departed with the hawk yet circling.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Hospital Goshawk

17 September 8:30 A.M. Anacortes Hospital
1 female NG circling over and over again, at about 150 feet elevation or slightly more. The hawk was not juvenile, it was mature or or sub-adult. The sighting was naked-eye. The lighting was overcast, with clouds. Observation time- 2 minutes.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11 NG

11 september 3:45 P.M.- near MT. ERIE SCHOOL- Anacortes
1 male NG circling about at 150 -200 feet elevation. The hawk had a square -tip tail. The sighting was naked eye, as the hawk drifted far away, and continued circling. Observation time =5 minutes, as I departed the area with the hawk yet circling.

Sharpie over 2 military jets

9 September 1 P.M. Ault Road and RT 20- North Whidby Island
1 Sharpie rapidly pumping over the prowler jet display on the roadway. This is only the third Sharpie I have observed in flight during my 13 years of living in the western United States. And that involves 13 years of daily field work (hawking).

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Goshawk Doubles

5 September  3 P.M.  LDS Church- Anacortes
Goshawk Doubles; well, not really. But nearly. Both Goshawks were not seen together, at one time. One NG was circling in tight circles and rapidly flapping. Then 2 minutes later the hawk had drifted out of sight at 150 feet elevation. Within 2 seconds another NG was in the sky, in another area of sky.This hawk was circling rapidly and flapping rapidly at 150 feet elevation. One NG was sub-adult or mature, the other NG was mature.  The for sure one had a rounded tail-tip with a thick, white terminal band.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Saint Mary Goshawk

3 September 3:45 P.M.- The S.M. Church- Anacortes
1 NG circling at 200 feet elevation. The sighting was naked eye. Anyone who thinks that goshawks are just a rare winter visitor to Puget Sound has snakes in their head!