HELLO I WAS WONDERING IF ANY ONE HAS SEEN A NORTHERN GOSHAWK NEST WHILE OUT TURKEY HUNTING THIS SPRING OR EVEN IN THE THE LAST 5 SPRINGS. IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN OUT HUNTING AND HAD A HAWK FLY IN AND SCREAM AND DIVE AT YOU CHANCES ARE GOOD IT WAS A GOSHAWK AND HER NEST IS NEAR BY. I LIVE IN THE STATE OF VA AND WE DONT HAVE GOSHAWKS HERE I HAVE TO TRAVEL NORTH TO FIND THEM. I GUESS YOU ARE WONDERING WHY WOULD I WANT TO FIND A GOSHAWK NEST AND THE REASON IS I AM A FALCONER AND I TRAIN HAWKS TO HUNT WITH ME I AM FEDERALLY LICENSED TO DO SO THATS NOT GOING TO BE A LEGAL PROBLEM. IF ANY ONE CAN HELP ME OUT UP NORTH YOU WOULD HAVE A FRIEND FOR LIFE. AS FAR AS THE VA TURKEYS WENT THIS YEAR THEY DIDNT GOBBLE MUCH AT LEAST IN THE AREAS I HUNTED BUT THE LAST FEW WEEKS I HAVE SEEN SOME HENS WITH POULTS.
I witnessed a goshawk while out land surveying over 12 years ago near the Oxford Hills area. I don't know if it would still be there and if it was I am not sure if I could even find the place again it has been so long. I will keep my ears open.
Another thing I would like to add is the type of area they like to nest in they like open woods and they like nesting near quite bodys of water slow moving stream a lake ponds. There nest are usally found below the canopy of the trees and it is usally on a slope. They are usually aggresive from late febuary to july.
Goshawks are secretive birds as a rule but when you get to close to there nest look out. They are usually spotted speeding thru the forest weaving in and out thru the trees. They are a little smaller then redtails but have longer tails.