Date: Sun, 16 May 1999 22:10:03 -0400
Reply-To: Eran Tomer <etomer@EMORY.EDU>
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Eran Tomer <etomer@EMORY.EDU>
Subject: Re: Atlanta Cooper's Hawk status?
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On Thu, 13 May 1999, Rusty Trump wrote:
> As far as them nesting in Atlanta, I have not personally
> confirmed a Cooper's nesting in the Atlanta area. However, I do
> occasionally see adults during the summer and juveniles in late
> summer. Maybe someone else can speak to confirmed nesting activity in
> the Atlanta area.
My observations are rather similar to Rusty's. I see Cooper's Hawks, not
usually ID'd to age, more frequently during August than in other summer
months but would not consider those to be evidence for nesting since
post-breeding and migration movements are already visible then. I have
considerably fewer records from late May to late July. I suspect that
very few pairs of Cooper's do in fact breed somewhere in the Atlanta area
but have no concrete data to back this up. I also suspect informally and
with no real data that they have increased a bit in recent years.
I will be very happy to hear of any summer observations of this species,
anywhere in Georgia.
All the best
- Eran Tomer