Thursday, 14 November 2019

14th November 2019 Unst N2 Clear

A morning spent gardening produced a Merlin, the Siberian Chiffchaff and a Tree Sparrow. Brydon then kindly phoned to say he'd found a juvenile Goshawk at Setters Hill and it was sat in the pines sheltering from the heavy rain! I was soon there but not before the rain had stopped and the Goshawk had flown out of view. Brydon soon picked it out sat on a distant ridge where we obtained views of it chasing a Starling. After a celebratory cup of tea I headed for Baliasta where I heard some Hooded Crows alarming and then mobbing the Goshawk perched on a croft from where it made an unsuccessful attempt to take a Blackbird before perching on a stone dyke - brilliant! It then attracted the attention of the local Ravens but didn't move far allowing Robbie to arrive and see it.

Juvenile Goshawk at Baliasta
Forsman (1999) states juveniles show variation in colouration of underparts: some are whiter underneath, others are deep tawny, while the streaking varies from narrow lanceolated streaks to more drop-shaped spots.