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I remember at least 2 occasions last winter (I think January/February) 
where I had Red-shouldered Hawks adjacent to Union Ridge CA in Sullivan 
Co.  This is roughly 15-20 miles from the Iowa border in north-central 
MO.  On one of the days I saw several. That winter was also pretty darn 
mild. Unfortunately, none were within the CA proper, so I didn't put it 
in CACHE and don't have specifics dates and numbers. 

I did not seen any until last weekend this year, but I cannot really 
eliminate possibilities because I also have not had as much time to get 
out and bird this winter. I also can't say anything about past trends, 
because I've only been up here for 3 years.

As for Swan Lake NWR, it seems like you can't walk back into those 
flooded woods near the east entrance and not see or hear a 
Red-shouldered Hawk. Maybe I just have good luck with them there. I 
loosely recall reading about good numbers of Red-shouldered Hawks from 
the CBC's there (especially 05-06, a really mild winter up here), but 
I'm sure there are people from that area who know more about that than 
I do.

Phil Wire
Kirksville, Adair Co.
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Edge wrote:


>In recent weeks I've observed many (that's "many" not "several") Red- 
>shouldered Hawks in central and north central Missouri.  The most  
>noteworthy, perhaps, were two--one on January 29 and one on February  
>2--both along US. 36 in Livingston Co., but several miles apart.  I  
>say noteworthy because this is pretty far north and it was definitely  
>still winter.
>
>Several questions come to mind and I'd really appreciate some  
>discussion by Mobirders.
>
>I realize that my observations may be "news" only to me, reflecting  
>only that: a. my skills have improved, so I'm identifying more Red- 
>shouldered Hawks, and b. I haven't been in Missouri in February/early  
>March for the last 5 years.  Even so, I don't think that explains the  
>differences between my observations in 1997-2002 compared to the  
>current period.
>
>Are others seeing more Red-shouldered Hawks?
>
>Are you seeing them more northerly?
>
>Are you seeing more in winter months/very early spring?
>
>All thoughts on this are appreciated.
>
>Edge Wade
>Columbia, MO
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