Date: 4/5/17 3:52 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (05 Apr 2017) 4 Raptors

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> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
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> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 05, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 2 109 369
> Osprey 0 3 3
> Bald Eagle 0 12 47
> Northern Harrier 1 9 13
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 16 28
> Cooper's Hawk 1 11 19
> Northern Goshawk 0 3 5
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 26 74
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 30 92
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 2 3
> Merlin 0 2 3
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 1
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
> Total: 4 225 664
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> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Gulick
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> Visitors:
> A slow day for visitors as well, with only 4 people coming to the hawkwatch.
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> Weather:
> It was a damp and chilly start to the count. Clouds covered the sky, along with some fog moving with the wind, which was coming from the north and northeast. Wind remained light, and disappeared entirely at times. Temperatures started out just below freezing, and only climbed a couple of degrees by closing time. Visibility was diminished for the first hour of the watch but improved substantially as the day progressed.
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> Raptor Observations:
> I wasn't expecting much today, but early on I was treated to a nice male Northern Harrier, who found a small thermal, not far from the mountain. He circled upwards for a brief time before moving on, tracing a nearby ridge-line heading north. Other raptors were seen, however they did not appear to be migrating. I was wavering on whether or not to count a Sharp-shinned Hawk. The bird had gained some elevation and was slowly moving north. Something about the behavior of the bird didn't seem right for a migrant. Just as I was thinking this, the Sharpy tucked it's wings and dropped like a stone into the woods. One less bird for the data sheet.
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> Non-raptor Observations:
> Most avian activities were kept to a minimum today. I had to search a couple of nearby yards and fields for birds to add to the species list. Typically, these birds would be seen flying past the summit. Today however, Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds were content sticking to the yards of Pownal. The day list topped out at 24 species, either spotted briefly or heard.
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> Predictions:
> Rain showers could start the day, with a more steady and heavier rainfall by the afternoon. Winds may be 10-15mph from the northeast in the morning hours, and shifting to more easterly direction by the end of the day. High temperature could break into the 40's. Morning hours appear to be the best chance of seeing birds, if the rain holds off for long enough.
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> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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