Date: 4/8/17 2:28 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (07 Apr 2017) 65 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 07, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1 25 47
Osprey 4 5 7
Bald Eagle 0 1 2
Northern Harrier 7 23 32
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 1 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 2 2
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 49 56 57
Merlin 2 4 6
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 1 1

Total: 65 122 164
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Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene

Observers: Bob Secatore, Jack Miano, John Cannizzo, Judd Nathan,
Paul Roberts, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers helping with the count included Bob Secatore, David Goodine, Judd
Nathan, Tom Graham, John Cannizzo, and Julie Roberts.


Weather:
Exactly as forecast. Started with SE winds, 5-10 mph, moving to SW 10-20 by
11 a.m. Roughly 50% cloud cover until 1 p.m. when it increased to 80% for
the remainder of the day. Snow showers occurred occasionally at higher
altitudes, with the snow evaporating before it hit the ground. ULtimately
shortly after 3 p.m. there were scattered showers. Temps ranged from 8 C to
11 C.

Raptor Observations:
Northern Harrier migrants included 6 adult males and 3 adult females. 2
Merlin migrants were both adult males with full crops. Nonmigrant raptors
included 2 Turkey Vultures, 2 adult Bald Eagles who copulated on a log in
the marsh after the male flushed every duck and goose within a quarter
mile, 4 Northern Harriers including 2 adult males, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 1
Rough-legged Hawk (light morph), and 1 Peregrine Falcon (juv)

Non-raptor Observations:
Had 2 unidentified herons (not Great Blues) migrating over the ocean; 3
Great Egrets, 1 Black Scoter drake, multiple Killdeer, 1 Willet, 1 Coot,
large flocks of Common Crows, and 35-40 Cedar Waxwings.

Predictions:
Weather looks excellent for significant migration tomorrow. High pressure
system moving in with northwest winds at 10-20 mph. Classic situation for
good kestrel migration. Are there more kestrels in the pipleine following
today?
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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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