While getting ready to carry on I noticed a raptor to the south off in the distance. It was soon identified as an adult Northern Goshawk. That was pretty exciting but it got even better when it suddenly banked and came right towards us! It went over our heads and looked to go down in the trees. I believe they have a nest in the area and it's likely this bird was heading back towards there. The light couldn't have been much worse for the photos though.
Hey Gord, I know it's migration season and this could just be a migrant, but I think we've talked about the possibility of breeding Goshawks somewhere under the south slope of Elk-THurston-Mercer. I saw a couple take off from below the Mt. Thurston Forest Road under Mercer a couple years ago. They seemed to pop up in Ryder Lake occasionally as well.
"Thought I saw an eagle But it might have been a vulture I never could decide." -Leonard Cohen