The Northern Goshawk

Block Island has always been a wonderful spot to go birding, not only because the island is an important stopover during migration, but due to the many species that live here.
At the Block Island School, we are following the tradition started by Elizabeth Dickens, who began the bird program at the School in the early 1900s. We are grateful to Kim Gaffett for continuing it.
Each year, Mrs. Szabo includes a bird unit in her fourth grade class, and asks her students to choose a bird they think will best make the “Block Island Bird of the Year.” Through nature walks, bird banding with Miss Gaffett, and research, each student chose a bird they believe best represents Block Island.
This is the seventh in a series.
Goshawk is the old English for “goose hawk” and in medieval times they were the ultimate falconry bird. The northern goshawks are quick agile hunters. Block Island is a great place to look for these birds because it is a safe place for them to stop and rest. The northern goshawk is a good bird to represent Block Island because they are ferocious protectors of their nest just like islanders

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