BIRDS OF CEDAR CREEK

Annotated Checklist and Explanation of Codes

Order FALCONIFORMES: Vultures, Hawks, Falcons, Ospreys, etc.

Family ACCIPITRIDAE: Ospreys, Hawks, Eagles, etc.

Subfamily ACCIPITRINAE: Hawks, Eagles, Kites, etc.

American Swallow-tailed Kite, Elanoides forficatus [M -, -, r, - O]
 The only Swallow-tailed Kite recorded at Cedar Creek was seen by several observers on July 13, 1974.
 
Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus [M u, u, u, u ( )]
 Bald Eagles are reasonably common migrants at Cedar Creek, especially near Fish Lake They feed on carcasses of deer that fall in Cedar Creek. There are numerous records from all seasons. Bald Eagles have increased wonderfully since DDT was banned. Eagles now breed within a short flight of Cedar Creek.

Dave Menke, USFWS
Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus [SR -, c, u, c ** n]
 Harriers are not common at Cedar Creek during the breeding season, though are frequently seen on migration. Fuller found a harrier nest in the marsh south of the 100 ft tower in 1973.
 
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Accipiter striatus [WV u, c, -, c O]
 Sharp-shinned Hawks are common visitors to the area during migration, frequently harassing flocks of songbirds. Their hunting success at Cedar Creek is not good, as Howitz has seen Sharpshins dive on smaller birds at least two dozen times, succeeding only once. Sharpshins are uncommon in winter in the area, showing up most frequently at feeders at Cedar Creek and in the vicinity. There are no summer records to date.

Cooper's Hawk, A. cooperii [SR r, c, c, c *** n]
 Cooper's Hawks are the only members of the genus Accipiter known to breed at Cedar Creek. They have nested in oaks along the north-south road, west of Fish Lake, north of 24 and Bataan, and just off the area, east of Durant. The birds seem to do their hunting at a considerable distance from the nest, since color-banded chickadees and Blue Jays with nests near a Cooper's Hawk nest were not taken. Cooper's Hawks are common migrants at Cedar Creek but rarely winter in the area.
 
Northern Goshawk, A. gentilis [M --c, u, r, u ( )]
 Goshawks are reasonably common in some winters and in others are rare or absent. They are probably more likely to occur in the coniferous portions of Cedar Creek. A Goshawk was seen June 15, 1984 near the Peterson farm. There is no positive breeding evidence at Cedar Creek.

Phil Detrich
Red-shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus [M r, u, u, r ** n b]
 Red-shouldered Hawks have apparently increased at Cedar Creek. Since the early 1980's they have been regular summer breeders and there are several winter records. They have nested near the Haarstad house north of 26, and probably near Corneia's and Norris's cabins.

Peter Wallack
Broad-winged Hawk, B. platypterus [SR -, c, c, u *** n b]
 Broad-winged Hawks are probably the most common breeding hawk at Cedar Creek. They commonly nest in the woods in the vicinity of the laboratory. Large numbers can be seen during migration.
 
 
Red-tailed Hawk, B. jamaicensis [R u, c, c, c *** n b]
 Red-tailed Hawks are a common and conspicuous breeding species at Cedar Creek. They have nested near the laboratory and south of Fish Lake. Redtails have generally been uncommon to absent in the winter. Redtails in the 1990's have been more common at Cedar Creek in all months.
 

Dan Sudia
Rough-legged Hawk, B. lagopus [WV u, u, -, u O]
 Rough-legged Hawks are uncommon migrants and winter visitors at Cedar Creek.

John and Karen Hollingsworth, USFWS
Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos [M r, r, -, r O]
 The only records of Golden Eagles at Cedar Creek are March 15, 1973, October 8, 1975, February 9, 1979, September 2, 1979, February 2, 1985, and March 30, 1986.

Gerry Atwell, USFWS