Bird of prey, Northern Goshawk, weekly photo #6. This morning I found out why my backyard birds have been more skittish and less active at our bird feeders. I spotted this large hawk sitting and looking around. Quickly I grabbed the camera, slowly opened the inside door and was able to snap two times before it spotted me and flew off. View was restricted behind the storm door so I was unable to snap a shot as it flew off.
You really can’t tell in my 2 photos below but this was one big hawk! We have been seeing a family of four gray squirrels this past week at the feeders. They best be on their guard as well as all the birds!
According to All About Birds, “The Northern Goshawk is the bigger, fiercer, wilder relative of the Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks that prowl suburbs and backyards. It’s an accipiter—a type of hawk with short, broad wings and a long rudderlike tail that give it superb aerial agility. These secretive birds are mostly gray with bold white “eyebrow” stripes over piercing orange to red eyes.”
“A camera is a save button for the mind’s eye.” (Roger Kingston)