[CT Birds] Hawk migration question

John D Babington davewb07 at sbcglobal.net
Tue Sep 29 15:30:44 EDT 2009

I noted a question as to why 90% of the hawks, sharp-shinned hawks mostly, seen in migration at the Cape May, NJ Hawk Watch are immature birds. The immature sharp-shinneds have not gotten it that the best way to migrate is along the inland ridges. The adult sharp-shinned hawks "know better' and mostly use the inland ridges. That is sort of the plain and simple reason why mostly immature sharp-shinned hawks are seen in migration at Cape May.

David W Babington
Washington, CT

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