Date: 4/4/17 4:43 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Tussey Mountain (03 Apr 2017) 136 Raptors
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 03, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 5 5 21
Turkey Vulture 14 23 288
Osprey 8 9 12
Bald Eagle 6 12 33
Northern Harrier 7 9 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 27 30 84
Cooper's Hawk 2 2 9
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 4 35
Broad-winged Hawk 1 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 42 97 233
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 4 6 177
American Kestrel 10 12 36
Merlin 1 1 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Accipiter 3 3 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 3 4 8

Total: 136 218 969
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Lewis Grove

Observers: Bob Fredrick, Chuck Widmann, Joe Verica, Nick Bolgiano

Visitors:
Jon Kauffman


Weather:
Partly cloudy early with moderate E winds. Dark clouds built throughout
the day, mostly to the south as rain moved into the area. Overcast by the
end of the day, with stronger winds having shifted around to the SE.

Raptor Observations:
Good flight today, including the first Broad-winged Hawk of the season at
1208 EST.

The final Golden Eagle of the day appeared very close over the trees on the
SE side of the ridge with a raven practically riding on its back. The
raven "escorted" the eagle across the powerline cut before circling back
around. Fewer adult eagles these days, it seems.

GOEA: 1215 Unk, 1305 Unk, 1328 Juv, 1435 Sub

BAEA: 1129 Imm, 1248 Imm, 1333 Imm, 1430 Imm, 1535 Imm, 1630 Imm

Non-raptor Observations:
Notably more songbirds around the ridge today. There were multiple mixed
flocks along the ridge, including notably increased numbers of kinglets,
juncos and creepers. The kinglets and juncos were practicing their songs a
bit, the first time I've heard such this spring.

GOEA: 1215 Unk, 1305 Unk, 1328 Juv, 1435 Sub

BAEA: 1129 Imm, 1248 Imm, 1333 Imm, 1430 Imm, 1535 Imm, 1630 Imm

Predictions:
Rain early, though likely clearing up somewhat by late morning.
Potentially very strong WSW winds in the afternoon. Tough to say how much
of a flight there will be.
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Report submitted by Lewis Grove (<zugunlew...>)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/
 
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