I believe it was a goshawk, too. They are very difficult for me to identify, especially the differences between countries, then male vs female and goshawk vs Cooper's Hawk and then juvenile vs adult. These two have always been a problem for me when IDing, even though I have so many birding books and worked with some raptors at a rehabber in the US a long time ago.
I did notice that all photos I have seen of goshawks that are killing other birds is that they flip them over on their back and stand on them, just like that one did with Stephi. I don't know for sure what Cooper's Hawks do for sure. I believe I had a Cooper's Hawk in my yard, killing a bird this past spring. I have photos but they are pretty blurry.
Maybe it thought Stephi was too big or too much of a problem (with her fighting and screaming back at it) or maybe it was young and inexperienced. I just hope it stays away and does not come back!!
No, not the first one. I am still not convinced that's a goshawk, as we do have them here in the states. It was the other one I wanted to see but I guess it wasn't a threat or another raptor so that's good.
I am sure there could be differences in markings on each species from one country to another just like there are with barn owls.
Here's some photos of goshawks - the first one is from Romania and an adult. Then I will post a few of cooper's hawks. I am not seeing this bare leg on the one that attacked Stephi and that is why I am looking on the net right now.
the hawk that attacked Stephi had bare legs. actually they can be seen rather clearly in Susie's original picture
; i'm getting more and more amazed about the quality of her picture! i thick Susie should by a lottery ticket, as she was so lucky here! )
the bare feet can also be seen in the pictures which i took later frame by frame from the video provided by Urmas Lett. the screenshot are in this P-bucket album:http://s561.photobucket.com/albums/ss54 ... 4QQtppZZ16
i have also been frustrated by the diversity of the differents looks of goshawks in pictures which i have found for Accipiter gentilis
. (i've also myself several times for not taking with me to the country the raptor guide which i bought a year ago (a quick flash: The Raptors of Europe and the Middle East: A Handbook to Field Identification by Dick Forsman). there i would find descriptions of all raptors of Europe in all possible costumes... now i'll get my hands on that book next week...)
i think that vainamoinen is convinced that the attacker was a goshawk and he knows birds (and especially raptors) best around here when the Real Specialists like Urmas Sellis are absent.