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.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Three second goshawk

7 May  3 P.M.  Havekost Road- Anacortes
1 NG over Havekost Road. The hawk was at about 150 feet elevation and crossing over the road as I traveled under the hawk. Observation time - 3 seconds.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Morning NG

2 May  8:30 A.M.  Saint Mary Church- Anacortes
1 mature NG, soaring, drifting, flapping, gliding, at 150 feet elevation. The sighting was naked eye. The winds were steady at 10 M.P.H. Observation time about 90 seconds. The hawk was probably female, as the wings were not short and stubby. The sun was bright.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Campbell Lake NG

27 April   12:30 P. M.   Campbell Lake- Anacortes
1 female NG soaring at about 300 feet elevation over the lake. Observation time about 3 minutes.

Monday, April 21, 2014

High female NG

21 April     3 P.M.  Saint Mary's Church- Anacortes
1 Female NG, soaring at 300-400 feet elevation. Observation time - about 3 minutes, as the hawk went circling over and over again, with just one series of flapping.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter NG

20 April  9 A.M.  Saint Mary's Church- Anacortes
1 NG, ripping through at about 150 feet elevation. The winds were cold at about 12 miles per hour. The hawk was having some difficulty as it was heading directly into the wind.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cornet Bay goshawk and Purple Martin

14 April  1: 45 P.M.  Cornet Bay - North Whidbey Island
1 female NG at about 100 feet elevation. This hawk was gray and had a very long tail and long wings. The Purple Martin was mature male and was ripping through over the nesting boxes. This area is goshawk territory.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Male NG

13 April 11:30 A.M.  Mount Erie School - Anacortes
1 male NG, flapping with very deep , very rapid, and very flexible wing beats. The hawk was on level flight at about 100 feet elevation. The hawk had a very long tail, and the wings were slightly longer than being stubby. The hawk was held-up by a Northwestern Crow, and attacked by the crow. The hawk was slightly larger than the crow. The sighting was naked eye.

Mature male NG

12 April  6:45 P.M.  Saint Mary's Church- Anacortes
1 mature male NG circling over and over again at about 200 feet elevation. Bright sun. Very good looks at the belly, chest, and under wings, which were silver-gray.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rainy day NG

8 April  2 P.M.  Monkey Hill Road- SR 20  N. Whidbey Island
1 female NG circling at 150 -200 feet elevation, in a light rain. The hawk was typical female NG, with long wings and happened to have a very long tail. The hawk was the size of a Red-tailed Hawk. This is a common sighting in this area, and I'm loving it!

Monday, April 7, 2014

2 NG- male and female

7 April 11 to 12 noon Campbell Lake Boat Launch
2 NG - one male; one female
The first NG was male and was soaring over 2 Bald Eagles soaring. The NG made a series of dives into each eagle. The female presented for only about 5 seconds, and then went into trees or behind the ridge line. This female NG had a very long tail. Within the the first 10 minutes were 5 Bald Eagles, 1 male NG, 2 Turkey Vultures, 1 R.T.Hawk, for a total of 13 species.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

male NG over eagle nest

31 March  3:30 P.M. Below Saint Mary's Church-Anacortes  
Looking toward the eagle nest, in full silhouette was a male goshawk. The hawk appeared to be black and was ripping through at such speed that it appeared to be a Merlin. Bright sun, as the hawk circled over and over again at about 600 feet from my position. The size,shape, structure,wing beats, and wing holding, suggested male goshawk. Observation time about 1 minute. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cemetery male goshawk

27 March  4 P.M.  Grandview Cemetery - Anacortes
1 male NG; Circling, flapping, soaring, spiraling, at 200 feet elevation rising to well over 5,000 feet elevation. Bright sun- naked eye. The size, shape, proportions, general color, wing holding, and wing beats all suggested male Northern goshawk. Observation time- 5 minutes!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Saint Mary's Church male Goshawk

17 March 1:15 p.m.   Anacortes - Saint Mary's Church
An accipiter went to perch in the top of a tall evergreen tree. Seconds later the hawk was in flight, and observed for 1 minute, as it went behind trees, about one-half mile away. The size, shape, and proportions of the hawk suggested male goshawk. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Mature female goshawk

Jan. 3 - 2014 Near Skagit Regional Airport
Overhead and over the highway at about 125 feet elevation, 1 mature female NG. The hawk was the size of a R.T. Hawk. The wings were very long and pointed in active flight. The tail was very long and folded and was typical, banded-accipiter.The chest and belly were silver- gray.