Northern Goshawks and other Raptores


Encounter with Goshawk

In April 2008, I met a parent bird who was wary of screaming "Kekkei" behind the 2nd hole of the west course, and suddenly met at a close distance within 20m, and it seems that they had already started nesting.

The chicks fled in May, and the appearance of three parents and children was confirmed in the latter half of July.

Nesting of goshawks

In June 2010, we confirmed the breeding on the trees of the West Course. After the chicks left the nest, the parent birds dropped the nest to the ground, and no breeding has been confirmed in this area since then.

Goshawks continue to breed in the Iruma River basin, and it is believed that their descendants remember to visit the Kasumigaseki Forest.

Goshawk behavior

Approximately three times a day, I go around Kasumigaseki in the morning (9 to 10 o'clock), around noon (12 to 2 o'clock), and afternoon (3 to 4 o'clock) to search for food. Instead of flapping like a crow, it flies with its wings spread out, and the white color on the underside stands out.

From small birds such as bulbuls and starlings to large night herons and night herons, we have witnessed several attacks on ducks in the pond in winter.

The photo below is preying on rock pigeons in the bush next to the club house.

Northern Goshawk (Predation marks) June 29 2015
Northern Goshawk (Predation marks) October 15 2018
Northern Goshawk (Predating Rock Pigeon) September 6 2020