Documentation of American Goshawk

Observer Information

Reporter:  Patricia Cullen  1124 Chestnut Drive,   Longmont, CO  80503
Other Observers:  Kelly Ormesher

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  American Goshawk
First Date/Time:  2/10/2022 3:50:00 PM
Last Date/Time:  2/10/2022 3:55:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):  5 minutes
County:  Morgan
Specific Location:  Cottonwood SWA South
Number:  1
Age:  Immature
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


juniper hedge row

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Vortex Viper scope, Vortex Razor binoculars , Sony Cyber-shot RX10M4
Distance:  20 feet
Light:  afternoon light

Description of the Bird

Large bulky accipiter, immature Northern Goshawk plummage, strong white supercilium, wingtips do not cover long tail , wide wavy  banded brown and black tail with thin white outline, pale yellow and brown streaked nape, bright white spots on brown back.  Somewhat pointy wings. Flew from juniper hedgerow to Cottonwood tree.  Close to second much smaller Coopers hawk for size comparison. 

Similar Species Discussion

Immature Red Tailed Hawk, head  shape and color not correct, tail too long, bands too wavy and spaced out.  

Resources Used

Sibley's guide, Brian Wheeler Birds of Prey of the West, consulted Steven Mlodinow. 

Previous Experience

BCNA Winter Raptor survey field work for five years. 


Review of photos

Materials Available

Photographer: Patricia Cullen

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Date Documentation Submitted

2/13/2022 12:23:00 PM
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