Today was cloudy but I decided to go out anyway and hope for sun breaks. I walked around the Edmonds Fishing Pier and Brackett’s Landing for awhile then decided to head home. I decided last-minute to stop by a park by my house that I rarely go to because I have never seen much of anything interesting there. That is partly due to long cattails and vegetation on both sides of the boardwalk trail, and partly due to foot traffic in such close proximity to the vegetation. Smart birds stay hidden.
As I neared the end of the boardwalk, I heard a loud ruckus and saw tons of crows flying over a field at the end of the boardwalk. They seemed to be upset by something. As I got closer, I noticed what looked like a hawk standing in the field eating something.
Me being the newbie birder that I am, I had no idea what kind of hawk it was. I watched and took pictures of the hawk eating what I eventually realized was a crow, for about 20 minutes. A Bald Eagle sat up in a nearby tree observing the hawk the entire time.
Finally, the hawk had his (or her) fill and flew away. It wasn’t until I got home and posted the pictures to a Facebook group that I found out the hawk is a Northern Goshawk. Cool. I know nothing about them but soon found out they are rare to see in Washington. I’m reserving my excitement here but really, I am super happy and excited!
Here are a few of the nearly 1,000 pictures I took: