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.