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Checklist S23702576

 
Location
Liberty SP, Hudson County, New Jersey, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat May 30, 2015 5:54 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 53 minute(s)
Distance:
1.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Michael Britt
Species
42 species (+1 other taxa) total
24
10
20
15
X
1
3
1
6

Resident plus a flyover flock of five.

9
3
50
2
X
X
X
10
15
1
1
Cooper's Hawk/Northern Goshawk

I was unable to gain a full appreciation of this bird's size, although it was certainly a large-ish, long-tailed accipiter. I first spotted it soaring fairly low, over the intersection of Freedom Way & Morris Pesin. It wound up heading over Liberty National, which fits within the overwintering Goshawk's pattern. The bird was molting and the wingbeat cadence, deep and rapid, with virtually no gliding was quite perplexing. Goshawk has a deep wingbeat but both species glide often and do not normally flap as fast as this bird did. The molt obviously affected the flight style. I'm really interested to know if the young Gos is summering after the 5/9 sighting but I was too mystified by the flight style, to check carefully for all relevant fields marks. Cooper's Hawk has nested in recent years. A young Coop passing through is not out of the question but neither is Gos considering the 5/9 sighting.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
1
4
1
2
1
6
1
8
12
2
X
12
2
4
2
5
2
2
1
1
2
6
2
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes