Brown Goshawk in the suburbs

To: "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: Brown Goshawk in the suburbs
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 08:23:54 +1100
The 'button-eyed' appearance of the face and the long thin middle toe show
this to be a sparrowhawk.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Howarth 
Sent: Monday, 12 March 2007 9:53 PM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: Brown Goshawk in the suburbs

Hi everyone,

At approximately 12 noon last Wednesday, 7th March, my husband and I were
surprised and delighted to find a brown goshawk roosting on a fence in our
back-garden, wherehe stayed for approximately 50 minutes.  He/she spent the
first 20 minutes looking over the fence into our neighbour's garden before
turning around to survey our garden.  We were able to watch and take
photographs from behind a wisteria vine growing on our patio, and although I
am sure he/she was aware of us, he/she did not show any signs of

When we first moved into Isaacs 18½ years ago there was a pair of goshawks
living in the pine forest on Isaacs Ridge, approximately 150-200 metres from
our back garden but we never saw them away from the pine forest.  Then they
seemed to disappear about 10 years or so ago until this year when we have
sighted one, and sometimes a pair flying above our place but this is the
first time we have seen one on the ground, so to speak.

We were also pleased to see a yellow-rumped thornbill in our garden
yesterday as we have not seen them here for many years, although they were
plentiful when the suburb was young.

Ann Howarth

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