Date: 1/1/20 11:46 am From: Tammy Eustis via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Change of habitat, change of hawks in Burlington
I've noticed the same shift in our neighborhood, where we've lived for 50 years. When it was still young second-growth forest during my childhood, we'd have red-tails around. Then as things grew in, the forest hawks (red-shouldereds and Coopers) nested regularly in our woods for almost a decade. Then people did a lot of tree thinning, we had no hawks around for a while, and now the red-tails are settling back in again. We have barred and great-horned owls on a regular basis, but haven't heard a screech since the 1970s. This is why it really bothers me when people brush off development clear-cutting by saying "There are plenty of trees - the birds can go elsewhere!" People think a tree is a tree and a bird is a bird, with no understanding of habitat diversity and ecological needs. Tammy Eustis Chester, CT
-------- Original Message -------- Subject: [CT Birds] Change of habitat, change of hawks in Burlington From: Jonathan Schwartz via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Date: Wed, January 01, 2020 10:31 am To: CT Birds <ctbirds...>
For many years, there were red-tailed hawks over my house in the center of Burlington. Then about 15 years ago there was a lot of tree cutting. The red-tails disappeared for the most part, and red-shouldered hawks were regularly nesting in the area.
Now the forest has changed again. There is a pair of red-tails checking nesting sites near me, and the red-shouldered hawks are scarce.
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