Length: 19 - 26"
In the Northeast, the Northern Goshawk is most often found in coniferous or mixed forests containing large trees for nesting.
This hawk prefers habitat with access to small forest openings such as woodland roads, logging trails or areas with downed trees. It favors, but does not require, sites in proximity to water such as streams, ponds, and lakes.
In the Northeast, the Northern Goshawk feeds predominately on medium-sized birds, such as jays, crows, woodpeckers and grouse, and small to medium-sized mammals, including chipmunks, squirrels, snowshoe hares and rabbits.
Northern Goshawk in Flight|
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)
Range Maps from Cornell
Northern Goshawk year-round and nonbreeding range
Includes separate map of sightings.
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS