Date: 3/31/17 7:17 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (29 Mar 2017) 2 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 29, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 1 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 1 1 1
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: 2 2 2
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Observation start time: 12:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Paul M. Roberts

Observers: Julie Roberts

Weather:
Starting it was 42 F, 100% OC, drizzling. Winds had just shifted from NNE
to NW at 4 mph, gusting to 12. Wind gusts picked up to N 20 -26 mph out of
the north. around 2 p.m.

Raptor Observations:
1 adult male Merlin who blasted right at us and swooped up and over, and 1
adult male Northern Harrier who moved up the inside march. No hint of any
birds in pipeline just waiting for end of rain and a wind shift. Also,
drive down the island revealed no raptors at an extremely high tide (10+)
except for trhe Merlin who eventually was seen migrating off the island.

Non-raptor Observations:
First Great Egret of season and a Fish Crow cawing from thed watch platform
Only Crows were moving in small flocks.

Predictions:
Nothing evident in pipeline today. Winds supposed to be more favorable
tomorrow morning NW 10-20, and then turn weak.
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Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 
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