- A forest raptor that can maneuver through dense trees taking prey as small as squirrels, crows, grouse, and snowshoe hare.
- Pronounced “gos” “hawk” as if the words are still separate, without pronouncing the “sh”
- Length: 21-25 inches; wingspan: 40-46 inches; weight can be up to 48 ounces.
- Characteristic of accipiters they are short winged and long tailed, a “flying cross”
- Identification is difficult depending on careful inspection of plumage and observation of wingbeats; sightings are often distant and brief.
- Goshawks are fierce defenders of their nests, attacking humans and other animals that approach too closely.
- They nest in a large bowl constructed of thin woody material, interwoven with greenery, up in large trees.
- Goshawks are patient hunters, waiting silently for prey, then descend rapidly, maneuvering through dense forest.
- Goshawks are not as vulnerable as other raptors to eggshell thinning from pesticides.
- Attila the Hun wore an image of a Northern Goshawk on his helmet.
- Northern Goshawks have been spotted in the park in recent weeks.
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5/3/2013 8:12 AM