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  . . .as Rudyard would have said (sorta) . . .

"If you can keep your head while all about you, grouse are loosing theirs 
and blaming it on you . . ."



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Sebastian T. Patti
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>From: Robert Fisher <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Robert Fisher <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: Interesting N. Goshawk sighting  experience
>Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 00:22:01 -0500
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>My most interesting encounter with a Northern Goshawk (a species which I 
>have seen in 8 states) occurred in Wyoming in May, 1973. I was in a high 
>area where the Laramie Plains lead up to the Snowy Mountain range. My 
>attention was attracted to an aerial conflict between two hawks nearly 
>overhead. One was an adult Northern Goshawk carrying a Blue Grouse. The 
>other was a Swainson's Hawk, which evidently had just taken some sort of 
>swipe at the goshawk..
>
>I don't remember exactly what happened, but the goshawk dropped the Blue 
>Grouse, which landed almost at my feet. I needed (and still need) Blue 
>Grouse for my life list. The grouse was still warm, and I hoped for a brief 
>moment that it would struggle enough so that I could put it on my list. 
>Unfortunately, the grouse lacked a head. My personal listing criteria does 
>not allow me to count headless birds, even if their body temperatures are 
>high enough to indicate very recent life. Despite many subsequent efforts 
>and missed opportunities, I still need Blue Grouse.
>
>Bob Fisher
>Independence, Missouri
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