[TN-Bird] Re: Northern Goshawk, Lewis County

  • From: Rick Phillips <sunfish0501@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: littlezz@xxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2012 13:26:51 -0500

A Goshawk feeder!

On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM, Bill Pulliam <littlezz@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Apparently if you want to see a Goshawk in Tennessee you should keep
> chickens.  Squawking hens this morning (1/9/2012) brought my attention to a
> smallish (for a Gos) young male Northern Goshawk in the backyard in western
> Lewis County.  No poultry loss today (yet), though I have been suspicious
> that there might be a Gos in the neighborhood after mysteriously losing one
> hen a week ago and noticing the chickens seemed extra skittish and more
> inclined to stay in deep cover.  Cooper's Hawks don't generally have such
> and impact and I have not seen one successfully take an adult hen (though
> they really love young pullets!).  There is a free-range chicken farm about
> a mile from here with about 2000 hens; I expect this is the major draw and
> the reason I have had seen a Gos in the neighborhood twice in recent
> winters.  Obviously this is not the same bird, as this is a brown
> hatch-year bird.
>
> Bill Pulliam
> Hohenwald TN
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Rick Phillips
Kingsport, Tennessee

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