Monday, October 1, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
1 NG; probably male; in hunting mode. The bird was flapping and circling. EOB 100 - 150 feet. OT 10 seconds.
25 March 2007 9:15am. RVP
1 Female NG; bird was rapidly cutting through the RV park, flapping and gliding. EOB 150 feet. OT 15 seconds.
29 March 2007 9:55am. RVP
1 female NG; with long tail; soaring and circling over the golf course. EOB 300-400 feet. OT 15 seconds.
Also: at 10:55am., near Campbell Road and Rt. 10;
1 mature female NG; perched on telephone wire. OT 20 seconds; as seen from my moving vehicle.
31 March 2007 1:45pm. RVP
1 NG; in hunting mode- the bird was "short-tailed". the bird was S, F, G, and circling; drifting. EOB 200 feet. OT 3 minutes. The bird was last seen near guard shack.
1 April 2007; I departed Tucson for Anacortes, Washington.
Doubles! 1 male and 1 female Goshawk, in hunting mode. The birds were with 2 Ravens. The Hawks were circling at 200-300 feet elevation. The birds were flapping, gliding, and soaring.The winds were steady at 10 mph; bright sun. OT was intermittent- on and off for 4 or 5 minutes.
On March 1, 2007 - I sent out snail mail (five letters) to hawking organizations- stating my rules and information on the "Great Northern Goshawk Hunt" - to be held in Anacortes, Washington.
3 March 2007 2:30pm. RVP
1 NG; toward the entrance of Voyager RV Resort. The bird was flapping and soaring and climbing, over the desert scrub. EOB 200 feet. Then the bird climbed to 1,000 feet or more. OT 3 minutes. The bird went into the sun, and as often happens, never reappeared.
6 March 2007 11:30am. Purple Heart Park (Rita Road)
1 female NG; I was presenting a seminar (2 hour). EOB 200-300 feet. The bird was circling and soaring.
7 March 2007 12:50pm. RVP
1 NG; probably female. The bird was toward the front and side of the resort. The bird was S,F,G, and circling. The bird appeared to take a stoop toward ground. EOB 150-200 feet. OT 4 minutes; while naked eye, then with bins, then with camera.
13 March 2007 10:10am. Rita Rd. and Purple Heart Park
1 NG; toward the west- about 1 1/2 miles away. The bird was circling. OT 1 minute. About 10:15am. a Goshawk was about 3/4 mile away , also toward the west. The bird was flapping and circling. EOB 200-250 feet. OT 1-2 minutes. Both sightings were probably the same bird.
18 March 4pm. RVP
1 NG; cloudy, high clouds- record heat-humid. The bird was S,F,G, and circling, drifting; in hunting mode. EOB 100 feet- 150 feet. OT 3 minutes.
4 sightings of NG; probably the same bird; bird was always in hunting mode, traversing the guard shack- Eucalyptus trees-drive way of the resort. The bird was flapping and gliding, and all 4 times the bird went toward ground or into trees in pursuit of prey. On the second sighting the the bird was observed to be mature; probably a male. Sightings at noon, 1pm., 2:30pm., 2:45pm.
13 Feb. 2007 9:50 Purple Heart Park on Rita Road
I was to present a 2 hour seminar every Tuesday at the park. The notice was presented over the Arizona Star Newspaper's website. The bird was in hunting mode, at about 75 to 100 feet. The bird went down among the houses. OT 30 seconds..
Also: 1 male NG: 11:10am. Houghton Rd. near Rt.10
The bird was F and soaring. EOB 100-150 feet. OT 10 seconds.
16 Feb. 2006 10:10am. RVP
1 NG; probably female. The bird was F,G. EOB 100 feet. The bird was cutting through the entrance-way of the resort. The bird appeared to land (near the guard shack). OT 10 seconds.
19 Feb. 2007 9:50am. RVP
1 NG; probably female, in hunting mode, at the "Eucalyptus- shoot". EOB about 100 feet. OT 15 seconds. The bird was gliding. Winds were about 15 mph.
As an aside: I went to San Diego for 3 nights. I also went to my past-residence at Mission Bay, one of the best areas to observe Goshawks. Within 3 minutes I found a Goshawk, in the precise area of the sky I had expected to find the bird! And I had not been to this area in 7 years!
Also: about 25 miles west of the Yuma exit on Rt.8 (exit143) at 10:27am. - 1 NG- soaring and circling. EOB 250 feet. OT 10 seconds. Feb. 25 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
1 male NG; probably mature
A large accipiter was gliding at about 100 feet elevation. The bird swung around toward my right flank and started rapidly flapping and climbing. The wings were also giving very shallow snaps. The bird circled and soared and climbed behind my position to an elevation of 500-800 feet. The temps were cold (in the 50's) with winds at 10+ mph.
17 January 2007 2:05pm. RVP
1 NG; far off, naked eye. the bird was f,G, and circling. EOB about 150 feet. OT 15 seconds.
Also: 2:30pm. RVP - 1 NG; S,F,G. EOB 200 feet. OT 5 minutes. The bird was in hunting mode.
22 January 2007 2:42 6th Ave. and Ajo Way
1 male NG; naked eye; bird was attacking a Raven. EOB 100 feet. OT 10 seconds. I was traveling through in my vehicle.
24 January 1:05pm. RVP
1 NG; circling low over the guard shack and Eucalypytus trees. EOB 100 feet. OT 1 minute.
26 January 2:30- 2:34pm. RVP
1 mature female NG; bird was circling overhead; 4 times, then 4 times off my zenith. the bird was circling, and flapping. OT 4 minutes. The bird had dark wing tips. The tail seemed relatively short. I must study the photos, when put into computer.
29 January 3:10pm. RVP
1 NG; bird was S,F,G and drifting away, by circling. EOB 200-250 feet. OT 4 minutes. The bird was probably female. I went tracking the bird; was not successful. I am going to spend more time tracking these birds, and hope to get more photos of the mature female(s).
Doubles! 2 female Goshawks hunting together. Both birds split and appeared to take toward the trees or ground level. 1 bird went near my zenith. The birds were S and F. 1 bird was mature. EOB 100 feet. OT 1-2 minutes. I was outside of my trailer, my wife was inside on the couch knitting, she was facing the door. I looked into the trailer to speak to her; the window shades were pulled up. Over her head and shoulders, there appeared to be a Goshawk circling. I stepped back 5 steps and opened my truck door for my Bins. Then I walked 30 yards to a more open area - to observe the Goshawks. That is why I call this sighting "the outside-inside-outside Goshawk". But, the gist of this little tale is: one doesn't need field marks, or coloring to identify raptors- especially Goshawks!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
1 female NG. The bird was gliding toward the guard house. EOB 100- 150 feet. OT 5 seconds.
8 January 2007 3:00pm. RVP
A very large (wing span), with grey- dorsal -area bird. EOB 75 feet. OT 5 seconds.The bird went to hunt at or near patio area. The size of the bird indicated the bird was a female Goshawk. However, the wing beats were stiff, as a Cooper's. Yet, the wing beats were quite deep. This bird had wing beats as the imm. female NG, seen perched and flapping at Agua Caliente Park (area).
1 female NG; hunting over the RVP. EOB 300 feet. The bird was circling, soaring, flapping. OT 5 minutes.
Also: at 2:30pm. - 1 NG. The bird was F and G "down the shoot" of Eucalyptus trees. EOB 75 feet. OT 5 seconds. It could have been the same bird as seen 5 minutes before.
1 NG; soaring and flapping. EOB 75-100 feet. OT 10 seconds. The bird went into the scrub field. The bird was possibly, or probably immature.
19 December - I left Tucson for Washington; I returned on 30 December.
I received my license to operate a nonprofit organization - Common Northern Goshawk.
10 December 2006 11:30 am. Agua Caliente Park
1 immature NG; perched on telephone pole, at Roger's Rd. and Soldier Trail Rd. I call this bird female. I only saw the bird perched, from the right flank. The bird was a long-tailed female. The streaking went toward the under tail. I did not see the under tail coverts. 1 photo was taken at 12x. The bird flew overhead, and had distinct black and white patterning on the under wings. The patterning was consistent throughout, in other words the under wing coverts could not be delineated from the primary feathers. The under wings had no buff-coloring. The base of the tail was broad. The wing tips were pointed (in a glide). The leading edge and trailing edges were somewhat 'S' shaped. The wings were strong and bulky (and because of the glide), the wings appeared of medium length. The bird flew with with rapid, stiff, wing beats; wing beats were deep. The wing beats appeared Cooper's-like, however when the bird soared, the wings were cocked foward. EOB 100 feet. OT- perched- 1 minute; flying, 3 minutes. the bird went down into Agua Caliete property. This was my second trip to Agua Caliente; on both trips, I have seen NG.
Please note: After analyzing the photo - this bird must have been a male.
When I consider the sides of the telephone pole and its diameter, and the negative space relating to the top of the pole ( and how this bird did not fit into this negative space); and looking at female Cooper's, perched on poles, and Red-Tailed Hawks perched on poles; this bird appears to be the size of a female Cooper's. Because of the long wings of the bird as it flew over head; I thought the bird was female.
1 NG; possible male; probably mature. EOB 150 feet. OT 10 seconds. The bird was circling and soaring. I was driving through, on Rt. 10.
26 November 2006 10:00am. RVP
1 large raptor, leisurely cutting past the RV resort. The bird was probably a female NG. The bird flew with slight dihedral. EOB 150 feet. OT 15 seconds.
Friday, September 21, 2007
1 female NG; perusing the Eucalyptus trees of the resort. EOB 75 feet, then 100-150 feet. The bird was circling and soaring. OT 1 minute.
Also 22 November 2:20pm. RVR
1 Goshawk; probably female; S,G. EOB 150 - 200 feet. OT 40 seconds. The bird appeared to put down near Rt.10, and east of Kolb Rd. I will try and track the bird at 2:55pm., on bike.
Also: I found the NG, at about 3:15pm. The bird was female, and was low, over the guard shack. There was also a Red-Tail Hawk in the area, that went toward ground. Then the NG appeared. OT about 10 seconds. The bird probably went down into the resort. EOB about 100 feet.
1 long-winged accipiter; soaring, then flapping. EOB 150 feet. The bird came directly overhead, in a glide. Now the bird showed medium-length wings; this was because of the forces placed upon the wing. The ventral area of the bird was grey; with the chest and belly being robust. The folded tail was blackish. The bird flew eastward, and I was looking up the back of the bird, between the shoulder blades. The bird had very deep wing beats, yet the wings were not flexible, but stiff, much as a Cooper's Hawk. The wing beats were very rapid. It appeared the bird cleared the golf course, and was now over the desert scrub. The bird was now buteo-like; soaring, flapping, and circling. OT 1 minute; an unusual observation. The bird was NG; probably female.
1 female NG; EOB 200 feet. OT 2 minutes.
The bird was circling and flapping. Then the bird went into a long, shallow, stoop-glide, for a least 1/2 mile. 30 minutes later, I went on bike, with camera, to try and locate bird. 15 minutes later at 4:15pm., the bird was perched on telephone pole, near Rita Road and RT.10. The bird was a mature female NG. I must check my notes of last winter - that was when we saw a possible large accipiter, during near -dark conditions. We were coming from diner, at the Fry's Complex Area.
1NG, possibly male, cutting through the RVP. The bird was in hunting mode, and was gliding slowly, then at normal speed. The bird was also flapping. I chased,with camera, on bike - yet I could not find where the bird seemed to have put down.
EOB 150 feet; OT 40 seconds.
20 October 2006 Houghton Road and Fry's Market. 12:45pm.
1 female Goshawk
The bird was soaring, in hunting mode. Note; this is not an uncommon location to see NG (see my report of 2005-2006). Elevation of bird- 300 feet. Observation time 15 seconds. I was traveling past the bird, in my truck.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
I make sure the bird is a NG, before I raise my camera.What ever your feelings toward the photos...they may be interpreted by some hawk watchers as a mixture of Cooper's Hawks, S.s. Hawks, Red- shouldered Hawks, and Northern Goshawks, however, every one of the photos CAN be interpreted as Northern Goshawk! Some of the photos can show the sex of the bird! And every photo happens to be a Northern Goshawk.
March 30 2006 4:27 pm. S. Kolb Rd. and Rt. 10
1 male NG; 2 photos were keepers.
OT= about 4 minutes; this bird had a square-tipped tail.
So, these last 2 sightings were mailed to Mr. Perry's office.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
1 mature NG; swooped low over my moving truck. Location: as I was leaving the RV Park, at the guard shack.
Also 9 March 11 am. University of Arizona Campus. This was my first visit to the campus. My initial impression was - it is a haven for birds and accipiters. Within 2 minutes, I found, high overhead, a perched NG. The bird happened to be mature, and was short-tailed. I will not speculate on the sex. The bird was quite bulky, and was in a big, snaggy area, about 100 feet up. This area in on James Rogers Way. Photos were taken - and when I returned 30 minutes later - the bird was yet perched. More photos were taken. The bird's tree was a big Eucalyptus.
Also, 1 male NG; 3 pm. and 3:30 pm. RVP
The bird was flapping and gliding.
12 March 2006 1:10 pm. RVP
1 male NG; the bird came through at about 150 feet elevation; F and G. The bird was heading for the prisons (on Wilmont Rd.); bright sun and cool. OT= 1 minute or less.
14 March 2006 10:22 am. University of Arizona Campus. I immediately saw the bulky NG; mature. The under tail showed zig-zag, dark bands. The tail was also broad - and tapered toward the tip. The tip was also tapered. The chest was pearly grey, with darker grey vermiculation, or smudgy spots. I observed for about 55 minutes; 15 minutes with 8x42 power binos. The bird never left its perch. In the same tall tree was a grey Cooper's Hawk. This mature bird had a grey head, chest and belly - the chest and belly had a buffyness. The dorsal area was light grey. Twice - this Cooper's left the area. At another time it snapped off a twig, and carried it off to the other large Eucalyptus tree. This area is James Rogers Way.
17 March 2006 11 am. RVP
DOUBLES! 2 female NG; rising from about 100 feet elevation. The birds were soaring, flapping, and climbing. OT= about 7 minutes. The birds were coming from Wilmont Road, and heading toward Rita Road. 3 photos were taken - 1 of one bird and 2 of the other bird. The winds were 2 mph. It was overcast; sun peeking through.
25 March 2006 3:15 pm. RVP
1 Peregrine Falcon; high overhead; then the bird made a stoop toward the Rt. 10 area.
26 March 2006 7:30 am. RVP
1 probable Ferruginous Hawk; low, over the prison on Wilmont; and dropping to the desert. At 5 pm., low, over the RV Resort, and heading south; a possible Ferruginous Hawk.
27 March 11:30 2006 Prudence and Broadway
1 mature female NG; the bird came through slowly (pumping). The bird circled back toward me, 2-3 times. The bird was also gliding, and going southward.
EOB= 100- 150 feet; OT= about 3 minutes.
Also: 27 March 4:30 pm. RVP
1 male NG; the bird was certainly hunting - over the RV Resort. The bird was circling, flapping, and gliding. the bird then went slowly toward the north. OT= about 4 minutes.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
1 NG; Gliding and flapping, just over the tops' of trees, about 70 feet high. One photo was taken, a keeper. At the same time, a NG was overhead at 500-800 feet altitude. This bird was probably a female. Just to the west of this area were 2 Red-Tailed Hawks, soaring.
25 February 2006 11:15 am. RVP
1 female NG; High and wide, over the RV Park.
At 11:45; swooping, very low, over the RV Park: 1 NG
And 5 minutes later, high and wide (same sky location) as at 11:15: 1 female NG.
At 1:50 pm.; a quick look at 1 NG, soaring over Rt. 10 - Kolb Road.
27 February 2006 10:27 am. RVP
1 female NG; soaring. EOB= about 500 feet, and about 35 degrees off my zenith. Also, I saw an accipiter perched. It probably was a mature female Cooper's. I have many sightings of a mature female Cooper's at the RV Park.
28 February 2006 11:20 am. At Tubac.
1 female NG; This bird was S, F. The bird was short-tailed. EOB= 150-200 feet, and was about 35 degrees off my zenith. OT= 2 minutes. I walked away with the bird yet in the sky.
3 March 2006 11:55 am.; the Park Place Mall (Kolb Rd. and Broadway)
DOUBLES! 2 Ravens were circling at altitude 300-400 feet. 1 female NG entered the Ravens' space, and the NG was pushed away. A few minutes later, a second NG, was circling above the 2 Ravens and the other NG. The 2 NG moved away, out of view, and a third Raven entered the area. OT= 2-3 minutes.
1 NG; F,G. EOB= 100 feet; OT= 15 seconds
The weather report said - Breezy at 5-15 mph. However, I feel the winds were steady at 20-25 mph.
8 February 2006
Today's paper said that at 12 pm., yesterday, the top winds were at 24 mph.
9 February 8 am. RVP
1 immature female? Taiga Merlin; with prey.
The lighting was diffused; wind was breezy. OT= 20 minutes. Also, a Cooper's Hawk in hunting mode.
10 February 6:20 pm. On Rt. 10, between Kolb Rd. and Rita Rd.
The bird appeared to be accipiter. The bird also appeared to be the size of a Red-Tailed Hawk.
Friday, August 24, 2007
I was birding the area for 45 minutes. 1 perched and then flapping Cooper's Hawk - 1 male Harrier - 1 Red-Tailed Hawk - some quail - some Lark Sparrows - 1 very light, grayish Merlin, perched and flapping.
At RVP 10:20 am.
1 female NG; S,F,G.
EOB= about 200 feet; OT= about 4 minutes
29 January 4:45 pm. RVP
EOB= 200-300 feet. OT= 2-3 minutes. The sun was low, and struck the ventral area of bird, which showed a buffy body; buffy-reddish. The bird may have been a male.
2 February 11 am. Craycroft and Speedway
1 female NG; S,F
EOB= 250-300 feet; OT= about 2 minutes. I left the area with bird yet soaring.
Also: 2 February 4 pm. RVP
1 remarkable Red-Tail Hawk
The ventral area was buffy, with dark wing tips. The dorsal area of tail was medium to light grey. Dorsal area of the rest of the bird was dark brownish. The bird was soaring.
5 February 2006 11:12 am. RVP
1 female mature NG; S,F. OT= 1-2 minutes
At 12pm. RVP
1 NG; S,F,G. EOB= 200 feet. OT= 1 minute
At 1:15 pm. RVP
1 NG; Soaring; EOB= 500-800 feet. OT= 2 minutes
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I was scanning into the wash. A ng rose out of the trees and climbed toward altitude of 200 or 250 feet. The bird was S, F, G. OT= 4 minutes.
Also, 20 January 3:15 pm. at the Safeway - Golf Links and Wilmont
1 mature female NG.
The bird was at elevation of 100 feet, and circled once or twice; then went F and G, northward. OT= 1-2 minutes.
23 January 2006 11:00 am. Rita Road and Nexus
1 female NG; S, F, G
At 11:15 am. (same area); 2 NG hunting; S,F,G. One of the birds was female. Elevation of hawks = 80- 100 feet.
24 January 2006 11:40 am. RVP
1 NG ; S, F , G
The bird was in hunting mode at about 80- 100 feet elevation. The winds were strong and steady at about 25 miles per hour.
Monday, August 20, 2007
1 female NG
The bird was soaring and flapping. EOB= 75-100 feet. OT= not recorded.
19 January 2006 12:15 pm. near Kolb Rd. and 22nd Ave.
A strong wind pushed a large accipiter into a somewhat unbalanced position (in flight)...the bird flew in front and toward the left of my vehicle. The bird was light-colored -enough to be a NG. The wings were flat, stiff, and thin, with pointed tips; features that a Cooper's Hawk can display, but not to the same degree. This bird was a possible male NG.
I was posted on the overpass. Many Ravens - especially toward the west; in flight and perched. 1 NG coming from the south, heading north, over Route 10. The bird was F, G. The bird was west of my position. EOB=150-200 feet. OT was not recorded.
3 December 2005 ; 7 am., near the overpass, Rt.10
1 accipiter? OT= 1-2 minutes
One raptor (the only one) came from the south, toward me - then veered east to go over the RVP. The bird seemed to be a NG, F and G, yet it had a very short tail (for an accipiter). It was definitely not the bird I saw yesterday, unless, for whatever reason, the bird's tail was chopped.
4 December 2005 1o:15 am. RVP
1 mature female NG
The bird was flying low, 100 feet and less; being attacked by a Raven. The Raven always stayed above the NG, and pushed the NG to the ground, or trees, among the residents' property at the RVP. OT= 2minutes. 1 keeper photograph.
30 December 2005 3:30 pm. RVP
1 female NG
The bird was in hunting mode; soaring, flapping, and gliding. EOB= 100 feet; OT (was not recorded).
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
The report of 2005-2006 (with photographs), was delivered to Mr. Gerry Perry's office, Region 5, Tucson Fish and Game. Within that report was my report of the Goshawks of Apache Junction (with photos). About 1 year later, the report of Goshawks of Apache Junction, was mailed to Mr. Tom Hildebrandt, biologist, Phoenix Fish and Game.