[Tweeters] a genuine Skagit Nothern Goshawk!
birds at ocbirds.com
Sun Dec 27 15:00:00 PST 2020
just refound the Northern Goshawk on Dry Slough Rd. here are the coordinates
48.28766,-122.35675 about 60 feet up
near 20310 dry slough road
Have photos and seen in scope with graham Hutchison
On December 26, 2020 5:22:28 PM PST, Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at yahoo.com> wrote:
>Thanks again to Kendall Van Zanten for getting the word out about the
>Northern Goshawk that he found on Fir Island on Christmas Eve!
>After Joel Brady-Power called me to say that he'd relocated the bird
>today, December twenty-sixth, I "skipped seventh-period study hall," so
>to speak, and raced down to Fir Island. That is to say, I quit my
>Christmas Bird Count at 1500, to go look for the Goshawk. Luckily, it
>was a very slow afternoon on the CBC, so Joel had done the same thing!
>Joel saw the bird from the "Moore Road Access" on Fir Island. That is
>the little WDFW access on Moore Road, just a few hundred meters from
>the North Fork bridge--the bridge between Fir Island and Rexville. I
>think that the tree where Joel saw it was close to the one where
>Kendall had seen it two days ago.
>By the time I got there this afternoon, the bird was gone. Joel said it
>had flown east. Bob Kuntz drove down from his CBC area and joined me in
>a two-car search. We drove Polson Road, where the bird had been seen by
>Kendall and then Joel, but had no success. We then took Dry Slough Road
>north, then took a right and headed east on Moore Road.
>Unfortunately, Bob and I could not find the bird, so we said goodbye,
>and Bob drove off. I took a few minutes to change out of my
>cold-weather gear, for the drive home, and then headed east on Moore,
>only to slam on the brakes! The Goshawk was perched in the top of a
>tree on the side of the road, just a short distance from Moore Road's
>eastern terminus! This tree is in the front yard of the old Skagit City
>Schoolhouse. The house next door is a good landmark--it has many
>Christmas decorations. The lady of the house told me that she's seen
>this bird around her place recently, and had wondered what it was.
>That was the same story that Joel had heard from a landowner on Polson
>Road. There are several places in the Skagit City area where people
>have free-range chickens. I suspect that this Goshawk will stick
>around, the way one was said to have done on Samish Flats years ago,
>eating a chicken a day until there were no more left--if I remember the
>After I snapped a few bad photos of the Goshawk, a Northern Harrier
>came by and started harassing it. The Goshawk took off and flew due
>south, toward what I suspect is its sleeping quarters. There on Polson,
>just east of its junction with Dry Slough Road, there is a natural
>hill--the only natural bit of elevation on Fir Island. The eastern end
>of this hill has a grove of dense conifers.
>A good strategy for birders tomorrow would be to work "Skagit
>City"--the entire northern quadrant of Fir Island, everything north and
>east of Polson Road. One tactic is to scope from the Moore Road Access;
>another is to drive the roads until you find the bird. Good luck to any
>and all birders attempting to relocate this rare, frustratingly
>One more thing--I think that this adult Goshawk is a female. It is a
>big, bit bird. Joel and I agreed that it would probably kick a
>Red-tailed Hawk's keister, if push came to shove. One would be far more
>likely to confuse it with a Buteo, or perhaps with a Gyrfalcon, than
>with a Cooper's Hawk or Northern Harrier.
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