Date: 4/8/17 7:22 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (08 Apr 2017) 25 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 08, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 2 27 49
Osprey 2 7 9
Bald Eagle 0 1 2
Northern Harrier 14 37 46
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 2 3 8
Rough-legged Hawk 0 2 2
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 68 69
Merlin 0 4 6
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 25 155 197
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Paul M. Roberts

Observers: Bob Secatore, Brian Rusnica, John Cannizzo, Judd Nathan,
Kathryn Chihowski, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers who helped with the count included Judd Nathan, Bob Secatore,
Kathryn Chihowski, Ted Mara, David Goodine, John Cannizo, Geoff Woods, Tom
Graham, Simon Perkins, Erik Nielsen, and Tom Wetmore.


Weather:
Cold front arrived almost as forecast. WInds were forecast to be NW at 15
mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Winds were generally at 20-30 mph, but the
kicker was winds were NNW moving to due N at 35 mph around noon, making it
very difficult for any migrants. Winds in central and western Mass were
reported as WNW at 10-20. Temps ranged from 5 to 8 C. Generally 70-80% OC.


Raptor Observations:
Very disappointing, as we expected a great kestrel flight with NW or WNW
winds. A smattering of kestrels early and late, but adult male and female
harriers were the birds of the day, seen passing low, mowing grass into the
teeth of the wind, and slow. One TV was also grass crawling. Local raptors
included 7 TVs, 5 Ospreys, 3 Bald Eagles (2 ad 1 imm), 2 Northern Harriers,
2 accipiters, and 2-3 Redtails,

Non-raptor Observations:
Grackles and cowbirds moving in small numbers, along with a Pine Warbler, 5
Red-breasted Mergansers, several Great Egrets and 10 Cedar Waxwings.

Predictions:
A Big IF. Forecast is for weak westerly winds overnight, increasing to 8-10
mph W/WNW winds, gusting to 22 around 11, and then turning into a sea
breeze in the early afternoon, so morning is our best bet. Winds expected
to become weak SSW on Monday.
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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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