Date: 4/8/17 4:41 pm
From: 'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (08 Apr 2017) 25 Raptors

> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 08, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 2 173 433
> Osprey 4 25 25
> Bald Eagle 0 14 49
> Northern Harrier 2 33 37
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 53 65
> Cooper's Hawk 0 15 23
> Northern Goshawk 0 3 5
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 36 84
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 4 53 115
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 3 54 55
> Merlin 2 12 13
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 1
> Unknown Accipiter 1 1 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
> Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
> Total: 25 477 916
>
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Derek Lovitch
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>
> Visitors:
> 42 people visited the hawkwatch today.
>
> Weather:
> Today would have been a terrific day, except for the stronger than predicted wind speed. Wind from the west and northwest remained strong and persistent throughout the day. Cloud cover ebbed and flowed during the day, with fewer breaks of sun than anticipated. Temperatures climbed to the lower 40's.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> The American Kestrel gets my vote for today's most tenacious bird. The three birds which were counted could be seen getting jostled back and forth, doing their best to beat the air into submission. Our mascot, Hawkwatch Junco has returned to the summit, just in time to alert us about a Merlin flying low and fast behind our heads. Local Red-tailed Hawks were very active today, covering a lot of their territory as they hunted for prey.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> There was very little activity during the day today. One interaction which caught my eye was between a Great Blue Heron and a Common Raven. The Raven approached the Heron in a sort playful manner, turning itself upside down and swooping down on the larger bird, who did not show any sign of a response. The Raven quickly righted itself and accompanied the Heron for a while, flying directly on top of and then next to the larger bird. It appeared as though their primary feathers were making contact with one another. A first of season Belted Kingfisher was spotted early on today, along with eight Bohemian Waxwings who stopped by briefly. Northbound birds included:
> 22 Canada Geese
> 14 American Robins
> Southbound Birds sighted were:
> 20 Tree Swallows
>
> Predictions:
> Tomorrow should be more mild than today. Colder air should be exiting the area. Temperatures could reach 60 degrees. Winds will still be out of the west and northwest, but wind speed should be reduced compared to today. Predicted wind speeds are in the 5-10mph range. Due to lighter winds, I think tomorrow could produce the numbers we might have seen today. There should also be more thermal activity which would limit the energy expenditure put forth by the birds. Hopefully it acts as an incentive for our migrants. Stretch your necks, and be prepared for some high altitude birds.
>
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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