Breeding Biology of Raptors in the Central Appalachians
We have summarized the breeding chronology, productivity and food habits of the principal diurnal raptors of the Central Appalachian region from 1978-1980. Nest success varied from 53% for Red-shouldered (Buteo lineatus) to 86% for Broad-winged (Buteo platypterus) hawks. The average number of young fledged per nest attempt was 1.4, 1.8, 1.7 and 2.0 for Red-tailed (Buteo jamaicensis), Red-shouldered, Broad-winged and Cooper's Hawks (Accipiter cooperi), respectively. The principal prey species for this raptor community is the eastern chipmunk.