Goshawk tip

posted by Jerry Liguori at
on Friday, December 13, 2013 

One trait (that is unpublished) I don't mention often is the faint "commas" along the base of the outer primaries that many juvenile and some adult Goshawks show. The are not nearly as visible as the "commas" on Red-shouldered Hawks, and difficult to see in the field, so there are much better traits to rely on to identify Goshawks. But, with the innumerable images on line these days, it may come in handy for confirming the ID of some photos. Check out the pale area along the primaries on these Goshawks; Cooper's and Sharpies lack this, but I won't say ALL lack this because I know never to say "always", "never", "all", or "none" when it comes to raptor ID!
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the......I learn something new every time I check out your blog!

December 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Jerry Liguori said...

Anonymous - I'm glad to hear that, it is one of the purposes of the blog, and feedback like that is rewarding

Thank you.

December 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Ron Dudley said...

Great photos illustrating your point, Jerry. Now if I ever see this species again (I've only seen one) I've got something new (to me) to look for.

December 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Jerry Liguori said...

Thanks Ron, hope you get some goshawk pics this year!

December 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM  

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