Date: 4/3/17 5:59 pm
From: 'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (03 Apr 2017) 135 Raptors

> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 03, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 44 110 370
> Osprey 3 3 3
> Bald Eagle 5 12 47
> Northern Harrier 8 8 12
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 16 28
> Cooper's Hawk 8 10 18
> Northern Goshawk 3 3 5
> Red-shouldered Hawk 23 28 76
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 23 30 92
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 1 2 3
> Merlin 2 2 3
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 1
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 1 1 1
> Unknown Raptor 1 1 5
> Total: 135 226 665
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 17:00:00
> Total observation time: 9 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Bob Huber, Derek Lovitch, Isaac Hayes, Jeannette Lovitch, Rick Hartzell, Steve Barker
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> For a Monday, we had more visitors than I expected. Without the added eyes on the sky, it would have been next to impossible to see all of the birds which made it onto the data sheet. Thank you to everyone for the extra help and enthusiasm.
>
> Weather:
> Another beautiful day on top of the mountain. Winds were very light out of the north and northwest. The sun's warmth was very apparent, with high temperatures getting into the high 40's in the shade, most likely in the 50's out in the direct sun. Visibility was good, with some heat distortion at greater distances.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> It was not a huge day in terms of numbers, but we had a very diverse group of birds. The day started with six Bald Eagles soaring low over our local hot spot for these birds. interest in the area continued for the entire day. Our first of the season Osprey showed up around midday, with a couple others trickling in later on. Three Northern Goshawks were spotted, a couple of which lingered long enough to get great looks at this magnificent bird. A handsome adult male Northern Harrier coursed low in front of the summit, allowing onlookers to understand where the colloquial name Grey Ghost comes from. After all the visitors had retreated for the day, I was treated to a beautifully back-lit American Kestrel, displaying it's string of pearls along the trailing edge of the wing.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Where to begin. How about four Sandhill Cranes! A sharp eyed observer heard the birds before spotting them flying to the north northeast. Unlike previous seasons, these birds were relatively close. One of the better views from this summit I have witnessed. Larger numbers of American Robins were on the move early, losing steam as the day progressed. Canada Geese continued to be seen in large groups over the course of the count. A lone, first of the season Double-crested Cormorant was spotted, circling high to the east. Northbound birds included:
> 440 Canada Geese
> 108 American Robins
> 18 Common Mergansers
> 12 Killdeer
> 6 Tree Swallows
> 5 Cedar Waxwings
> 4 Sandhill Cranes
> 3 Red-winged Blackbirds
> 2 Purple Finches
> 1 Horned Lark
> 31 species were seen or heard from the summit.
>
> Predictions:
> I'm not going to lie. Tomorrow's weather does not look good for migration efforts. Clouds, with a mixture of rain and snow throughout the day. Winds should be from the east and southeast at 10-20mph. It is possible the count will be called off. If you're thinking of planning a sick day from work, save it for warm and sunny day with a southwest breeze.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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