[CT Birds] Red Tail Migration Numbers
dpanko at pipeline.com
Wed Dec 6 18:47:37 EST 2017
It is my contention that RTs are facilitative migrants in our area
(NY,CT,MA....). They will move, but only when conditions become harsh.
The most northern populations (Canada, ME, NS, etc) are obligatory
migrants and all will move every year. They will also go further south.
For our facilitative migrants, the females leave first, and travel
further south. The males stay behind until significant snow cover stays
long enough to discourage them, at which point they will move south but
only a minor distance. During some winter thaws some will return.
In the 70's & 80's I'd see courtship behavior start up in Feb or March.
Now it is not unusual to see it on Christmas Counts! Even the females
are not leaving the NYC/Westchester/CT area until the snow flies and
even persisting through mild winters.
I have no data to support the above, just trying to make sense of daily
observations over the years.
On 12/6/2017 10:01 AM, Paul Plotnick via CTBirds wrote:
> In the absence of anything else, perhaps more of them are staying put and
> not migrating. They have also been adapting to life in the city, e.g. New
> York City. Or, maybe they are still coming with less people to watch for
> On Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 10:13 AM, Craig Repasz via CTBirds <
> ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
>> The numbers are from the RIFF RAFF Hawkwatch Group
>> Does anyone have any theories on the low numbers of migrant red-tailed
>> hawks reported in the mid-Atlantic this fall? Here are a few examples of
>> this year / average.
>> Hawk Mountain (PA): 1053 / 3159
>> Waggoner's Gap (PA): 1304 / 2136
>> Allegheny Front (PA): 1111 / 2099
>> Ashland (DE): 366 / 847
>> Cape Henlopen (DE): 107 / 233
>> Cape May (NJ): 730 / 1859
>> Rockfish Gap (VA): 508 / 684
>> Kiptopeke (VA): 407 / 586
>> Lighthouse Point (CT): 243 / 358
>> Quaker Ridge (CT) was above average: 304 / 242.
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