Date: 4/3/17 8:14 pm
From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...>
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Hamburg Hawk Watch (03 Apr 2017) 3074 Raptors
Hamburg Hawk Watch
Hamburg, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 03, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 1 1 1
Turkey Vulture 2764 4249 9362
Osprey 6 7 9
Bald Eagle 9 15 26
Northern Harrier 3 4 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 81 96 123
Cooper's Hawk 28 39 76
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 10 35 127
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 115 180 448
Rough-legged Hawk 3 4 9
Golden Eagle 1 1 1
American Kestrel 40 42 71
Merlin 1 1 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 6 8 10
Unknown Buteo 4 4 24
Unknown Falcon 2 2 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 3074 4688 10308

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter: Mike Zebehazy

Observers: Dennis Russell, Joe Sullivan, Wendy Zebehazy

Bert Schweigert; Eric Todd; Bruce Hoover; Joe Sullivan; Dennis Russell and
his brother, Marty. Wendy Zebehazy; and Gene.

The day started with relatively light 5 mph (8 kph) ESE winds that
eventually increased to a sustained 15 mph (31 kph) with gusts around 20 to
25 mph (32 - 40 kph). The wind shifted from ESE to ENE at various times
throughout the day. Temperatures increased all day from 7 Celsius to about
21 Celsius.

Raptor Observations:
The day began slowly with a few TVs and a Cooper's Hawk. During the 11am to
12pm (EST) hour numbers increased substantially with large kettles of TVs
dominating. There were good numbers of Red-tails and Sharp-shins and a
pretty good Kestrel flight. The top birds of the day were a single Black
Vulture at about 2:15pm followed twenty minutes later by a Golden Eagle at
about 2:35pm.

The easterly winds pushed the birds closer to the lake so the entire day
was spent at the far side of Lakeside Cemetery with a better view of the
migrants. As the sustained winds grew stronger birds were pushed farther
west; then, they would head inland almost due East and begin to kettle.
Again, the winds would push them west towards the lake, and, again, they
would turn east and kettle closer to the watch site. This happened
repeatedly as they made there way on a generally NE line. Also, as the day
warmed from 45F (7C) to 70F (21C) the height of the flight increased to the
point where binoculars were necessary to pick up the birds as they kettled
and streamed past.

Non-raptor Observations:
Hundreds of blackbirds and grackles migrated past all day, as well as
several flocks of house finches and goldfinches. There were many
yellow-shafted flickers migrating today and at least ten belted
kingfishers, too.
We also had about ten great blue herons and two common loons late in the

Weather forecast calls for periods of rain Tuesday with SW winds. There is
also a wind advisory for the region from late Tuesday morning through
Tuesday night with 30 mph (48 kph) winds and 50 mph (80 kph) gusts.
Report submitted by Michael Zebehazy (<zebs...>)

Site Description:
This spring only "all volunteer" watch is conducted at Lakeside Cemetery in
Hamburg, NY. It is located on flat lake plain located along the shoreline
of the east end of Lake Erie, about 10 miles south of Buffalo, NY.
For additional information contact Jim Landau at <landaujr...>

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