Date: 3/19/17 5:26 pm
From: 'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (19 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors

> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 2 9 9
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 3 22 22
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
> Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 6 6
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 11 11
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Total: 8 51 51
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Gulick, Derek Lovitch, Tim Paul
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> Snowmobilers, skiers, hikers, and birders enjoyed the warm temperatures and visibility from atop Bradbury today. I'm still amazed by the conversations and behavior of strangers which occur on the top of this mountain. It provides some welcome entertainment on slower days. Thanks to everyone who has come up to help spot or chat about birds.
>
> Weather:
> Today started with overcast skies and a chilly breeze from the northeast. By mid morning clouds made way for bright sun, and temperatures quickly rose to a few degrees above freezing. Winds varied between northeast and east for the remainder of the day. Cloud cover was high and thin.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Local Red-tailed Hawks were seen kiting to our west in an area known as The Gap. Bald Eagles continue to try to confuse the spotters, but 8 migrants on easterly winds in March were a little more than expected given the persistent regional snow-cover. Our first Sharp-shinned Hawk crept low in front of the summit, alighting briefly, and almost getting by undetected. We could have an established Red-shouldered Hawk on territory near Pownal center. the bird has been seen foraging in the same area for a couple of days now. It could just be held up by the recent snow covering the ground. Time will tell
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 7 Canada Geese were seen flying north. 14 species were seen or heard from the summit.
>
> Predictions:
> Seasonably mild temperatures are predicted for tomorrow, which will be a pleasant change. The pending storm has moved offshore and doesn't appear to be a threat. Sunny skies should generate some thermals for the birds, before afternoon clouds roll in. Lighter winds should be more northerly than northeasterly, perhaps going to northwest by the afternoon, which will also be more favorable for migrants. With sun and warmer temperatures, I think we could see more migrants than the past few days.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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