Checklist S4831833

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Location
Knoxville

Owner Chris Welsh

Incidental
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Comments

Exciting observation from Cumberland Ave on UT strip. Driving home I saw what appeared to be a huge Accipiter twisting and turning on the wind (windy, cloudy afternoon with cold front coming through). This bird looked solid, remarkably bigger than Cooper''s Hawk I often see near campus. Appeared heavy-bodied, very powerful flight handling the strong winds relatively easily. I was almost certain it was a Goshawk but wanted to be sure. So I pulled over to the side of the road and got out my binoculars. With binocs I could see overall grayish breast and belly, whitish underparts with somewhat darker gray on back (seen when it banked) and clear blackish "cap" and mark on side of face. Could not make out supercilium. This bird looked like an Accipiter the size of a Red-tailed Hawk. Haven''t seen a Goshawk in several years, so this was a treat and worth pulling over in traffic.

Observations

  1. Number observed: 1