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Monday, March 5, 2012
Northern Goshawk and Ducks
The Northern Goshawk took a Mallard duck in our yard, over the weekend; the hawk is still around. We've seen it sitting in the maple waiting for ducks to appear.
Dwayne Biggar, who writes a column in the Times & Transcript every Saturday, lists identifying characteristics of a mature Northern Goshawk: brilliant red eyes, fairly distinctive plumage and a tail that extends below the folded wind tips. He identified this one from our photos. (Dwayne's email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Dwayne says that Mallards are expanding exponentially and will potentially cause problems for other ducks, like the Blacks. He says that the Hawk picks out the weakest, possibly a sick bird, so he's helping the rest of the flock.
The ducks do not seem to be upset by this not-too-common backyard visitor, or perhaps they have short memories.
Nelson Poirier of Nature Moncton commented upon the rarity of seeing a Goshawk up close. Nelson also writes a Saturday column for the Times and Transcript. He describes himself as a "veterinarian by trade and a naturalist by nature" and can be contacted at email@example.com. Bob Childs, of Nature Moncton, posted our Northern Goshawk photos on their website. http://naturemoncton.org/hotshots.htm
Thanks to each person who supported our hawk sighting and shared our photos. As you can see, the ducks continue to come, undeterred by the Goshawk. Perhaps he is passing through on his migration route, as we haven't seen him this afternoon.
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