Seen during backyard bird watching

NOBLE HUNTER-An unexpected guest came to Doug Thomas' Malibou Lake home last Sunday. After some research, Thomas determined it was a northern goshawk, a bird of prey used over the centuries for falconry. The goshawk lives in the forested regions of the northern hemisphere. Its scientific name, Accipiter gentilis, comes from Latin and means "to seize," referring to its powerful grasping talons, and "of nobility." Falconry has long been associated with royalty.


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