Status in the Cedar

At present, only one northern goshawk nesting territory has been documented within the Cedar River Municipal Watershed, although comprehensive surveys have not been conducted. This territory was discovered by accident when a pair of goshawk started diving at staff members working along a forest road in 2003. One person was almost hit by one of the goshawks. This is typical nest defense behavior and occurred near an old-growth forest patch.

The site was near where a goshawk nest had been documented in the early 1990s. We surveyed the adjacent old-growth forest and located the nest, with two young still in it. We have been monitoring this site annually since 2003. The goshawk pair has been nesting within this patch consistently, often successfully fledging young. A healthy young juvenile was seen in close proximity to the nest during the summer of 2008.