Help! Where Are the Red-shoulders Nesting?
April 19, 2017
Every year since 2002 or possibly earlier, endangered Red-shouldered Hawks have nested in Allendale or nearby Ramsey.
They failed several times before nesting successfully in 2004, and have nested at nine locations total.
This could well be the first spring where we are in mid-April and have not located the nest.
Stiles Thomas and I hear and see the hawks often, and Stiles saw the pair in flight this week, but no nest. Can you help us find it?
Laura the Red-shoulder and her mate typically nest about 30 feet or more up in a large deciduous tree, and typically within 50 feet of a house.
If you see or hear a Red-shoulder, try to see whether it has a leg band (that would be Laura) and which direction it goes, and then report your findings to Marsh Warden Emeritus Stiles Thomas at 201-327-3470 or me at celeryfarm (at) gmail.com.
The first person to report the location gets a copy of "Survival, the Red-shouldered Hawks of Allendale," which Jerry Barrack and I compiled with the help of friends of the Celery Farm in 2011. It's 72 pages, with color photography and tons of information on our hawks.
You can read some old blog posts about the Red-shoulders here.