A pair of Northern Goshawks have nested in the Odenton Kings Heights area around Prince Charles Avenue and Saint Andrews Lane, probably because of the abundance of tall trees and small prey. These are large raptors that will attack other birds, squirrels, rabbits, and other small animals that are approximately ten pounds or less.
These birds have been observed feeding on prey and exhibit an aggressive lack of fear when approached by humans. They have also been observed "swooping" on human observers that appeared to be interfering with their hunting.
Pet owners in the Odenton Kings Heights area should be aware that cats and small dogs are at risk when left unattended in a back yard providing sufficient clear space for these raptors to carry out a swoop and dive attack.
It is not known if these are migrating or nesting birds, but they have been observed in the area for approximately two weeks, so they may be here for the winter.