[TN-Bird] Northern Goshawk, Lewis County

  • From: Bill Pulliam <bb551@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tnbird bird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 17:01:19 -0600

While I was delivering a live-trapped mouse this morning (12/07/2010)  
to our usual drop spot about a mile from our house, a HUGE accipiter  
with big white fluffy crissum crossed the road right in from of me  
with the sun at my back.  As seems usual with this species, the bird  
was a fly-by, no leisurely perched views.  But the size, build,  
accipiter flight, and big white crissum left me with no doubt as to  
its ID.  This casts a new light on some recent diurnal chicken  
disappearances we have noticed (the bird was headed in the direction  
of our house when I saw it).  I had blamed them on the neighborhood  
Cooper's Hawk, but in my experience the Coops don't usually take  
adult chickens, just the young ones.

Bill Pulliam
western Lewis County, TN
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