[Tweeters] Brood size in Sharp-shinned hawks

Catherine Joy catherinejoymusic at gmail.com
Wed Jul 31 20:33:58 PDT 2019

I’m pretty sure that sharp-shins have broods of around four to six offspring. Of course, often not all survive to fledging. Four juveniles seems pretty likely and fairly common.


> On Jul 31, 2019, at 8:26 PM, Pat <pcoddin at gmail.com> wrote:


> How many young typically fledge from a Sharp-shinned hawk nest?


> There’s a family at Brookville Gardens park in Fife. I started hearing them call about a week and a half ago. On Monday, an adult flew across the lawn in to the tree line, but I couldn’t see where it went.


> Tonight, while I was walking my dog, I spotted 4 of them, all sitting close together on branches. Three for sure were juveniles. The fourth bird was back in some bushes and I could only see the silhouette, but couldn’t tell if it was an adult or a young one. It looked like the young had left the nest and were trying out their wings under the cover of the trees.


> Three juveniles, possibly four, seems like a large brood for a family of hawks. Is this unusual?


> Pat Coddington

> Fife, WA

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