[CT Birds] Goshawk Caution, and Madison Orchard

Roy Harvey rmharvey at snet.net
Wed May 7 14:39:43 EDT 2014

Passing these along.

 From Joseph Cala <joejr14 at aol.com>:
A word of caution in regards to Goshawk sightings given the increase in reports lately.

Please keep in mind that Goshawks in yards and around feeders is a very rare occurrence. The default accipiters at feeders at this time of the year should be Cooper's hawks. Goshawks are a  much more secretive forest bird that typically goes after prey much larger than feeder birds (sparrows, titmouse, chickadees) such as pigeons, doves, jays and flickers.

Juveniles at this time of the year can be starting to molt so can certainly have adult and juvenile feathers making the ID a bit more challenging. Still they're very different from Coops and Sharpies. Goshawks are nearly Red tailed in size with huge broad shoulders and a very long tail. The streaking is typically very coarse cold brown over a buffy breast and the white eye line very pronounced.

It would be almost impossible to mis ID an adult Gos for fora Coop or Sharpie if given good looks at the bird. Please keep In mind that size can be very difficult to determine in the field.

Describing a small hawk swooping overhead with bright yellow eyes and and a thin white eye line screams Cooper's or Sharp shinned to me. If you had have a Goshawk swoop several feet over ones head there's no mistaking it.

 From Fran and Tom Holloway <ftholloway at aol.com>:
Madison - Bauer Park - 11:00 am, one adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE in the fruit trees across the dirt road from the Town garden plots.  In one tree the bird was accompanied by two pairs of Baltimore Orioles.

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

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