The photographs to the right were captured by a remote camera. It is a Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), most likely in its second year. This bird of prey is a Species of Concern in Montana, mainly due to logging of mature growth forests. Being a Species of Concern means that it is a native species in the area but it is currently at risk due to a declining population. This fairly large hawk is a year-round resident of western Montana, but often migrates with its prey. Even though this bird is perched along the creek, most of the Goshawk’s diet consists of grouse, squirrels, hares and other land mammals. Their primary habitat is mature and old growth coniferous forests, but they can be found deciduous as well.