The largest of the three North American accipiters and a resident of the Old World, the adult Goshawk is solid gray above, with finely barred, lighter gray below. It has a distinctive white bar over its red eyes. The juvenile is mottled-brown above with brown and buff streaking below. The juvenile has light lines over its eyes, which are yellow. The goshawk’s tail is long, but wider than those of the other accipiters; this is the best way to distinguish a Goshawk from a Cooper’s Hawk. The juvenile’s tail is more darkly banded than that of the adult. The Goshawk is similar in shape to the Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawk, with short round wings, and a long narrow tail.

First Sighting of Year

Saturday, January 3, 2015 423€“497 Route One Edgecomb ME United States
Saturday, October 29, 2016 266€“368 Newell Brook Rd Durham ME United States
Thursday, September 28, 2017 Edgecomb ME United States
Saturday September 22, 2018 20 Crocker Ln New Harbor ME United States

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