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Nature Notes with Greg Park: Red-shouldered Hawk

Is the Red-shouldered Hawk making a comeback in Oglebay Park?

Christmas Bird Counts Past:  In 1950 , there were 2 (where recorded), in 1954 there was 1, in 1988 1 was recorded. Then none for 22 years. Now we have been seeing them in Oglebay Park all year round. CBC records indicate that in 2010 and 2011 respectively, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk was recorded.

Is this is another example of a bird more southern than the Red-tailed Hawk expanding its range north with the milder temperatures?  Tell us what you think.

~Greg Park, Senior Naturalist, Schrader Environmental Education Center

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