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Scott,
There are Sharp-shinned Hawks that nest in the central Ozarks in pine plantations and dense natural stands of medium sized trees. They usually put their nests in the upper whirls of branches in trees that have the top removed by ice storms or by other means. It forms the base for their platform nest.  A count was down in the 1980s that documented about 25 active nests in Missouri. I don't know about Arkansas but I suspect it is a similar occurrence.

Brad


Brad Jacobs
Missouri Department of Conservation
P.O. Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-522-4115 ext. 3648



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From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Scott Laurent
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Subject: Sharp-Shinned Hawks(No Sighting)

I noticed in the 2nd Edition of Sibley's that there is a year round population of SSHA in far south central Missouri and north central Arkansas.  Does anyone have any insight on why?

Scott Laurent
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