Date: 3/31/17 8:06 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (30 Mar 2017) 15 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 30, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 8 8 8
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 5 6 6
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 1 1 1
Merlin 1 2 2
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: 15 17 17
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Observation start time: 06:45:00
Observation end time: 12:15:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Ted Mara

Observers: Judd Nathan, Mark Schoene, Paul Roberts

Visitors:
Kathy and Steve Olson of Wachusett Mountain fame


Weather:
A clearing front had arrived the day before. It was sunny, clear and
beautiful, but the winds were not as strong as forecast, running 5-10 mph.
NNW/NW. Shifted to sea breeze around 12 noon.

Raptor Observations:
Several birds were low and close, including the Merlin, and a large adult
female harrier. Most, including most vultures, were out of the western
edgeof the marsh or on the ridge line. Saw two adult Bald Eagles soaring to
the SW, 2 local Redtails, and a Peregrine Falcon flushing ducks and moving
south in the hunt. One migrant was adult male Northern Harrier kissing the
marsh grass as he flew up the maresh. Merlin was adult male.

Non-raptor Observations:
Has 2 Duuble-crested Cormorants moving, along with 12 Common Mergansers and
2 BLue Jays.

Predictions:
WInds were expected to go downhill around noon and shift to NE/E as a
nor'easter prepares to hit the region on Friday and Saturday.
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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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