Northern Goshawk near the Horicon Marsh on January 22, 2015

I made a run up to the area north of Horicon Marsh in Fond du Lac County Wisconsin. Ryan S joined me for the run up with hopes to see the reported Northern Goshawk. When we arrived at 7:20 am the bird was present for about 10 minutes distant from the road. We left the area for a short time waiting for better light but when we returned we could not relocate the bird. We birded the general area till 1:00 pm but could not relocate the Northern Goshawk after 7:20-7:30 am viewing. A nice life bird for Ryan and I. Thanks to Dave G for finding this uncommon bird and those who helped in the ID’ing of it. Other species present 2 Snowy Owls, 1 Merlin, 2 Northern Shrikes, numerous Rough-legged and Red-tailed Hawks. It was a fun day birding!

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Northern Goshawk

Binomial name: Accipiter gentilis

Category: Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies

Size: 21” long, 41” wing span

Weight: 2.1 lb

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