Date: 4/10/17 12:27 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (09 Apr 2017) 100 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 09, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 26 53 75
Osprey 3 10 12
Bald Eagle 0 1 2
Northern Harrier 17 54 63
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 3 3
Cooper's Hawk 1 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 5 10
Rough-legged Hawk 1 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 44 117 118
Merlin 2 6 8
Peregrine Falcon 1 3 3
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: 100 260 302
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Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Ted Mara

Observers: Bob Secatore, Brian Rusnica, Craig Jackson, David Goodine,
Geoff Wood, John Cannizzo, Judd Nathan, Kathryn Chihowski,
Paul Roberts, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Lots of visitors as lots of people hit the island on one of the most
beautiful days of spring so far. Observers contributing to the count
included Judd Nathan, Geoff Wood, Kathryn Chihowski, John Cannizzo, Tom
Graham, Paul Roberts and DAvid Goodine. Visitors included Herrick and Harry
Wales, Matthew Nash, June, Dianna & Paul Queheillalt, Bill Fiolek, Champa
Bilwakes, Dot Currier, Jean Hanson, Justine Hanson, Nancy GIven, Janet
Kovner, and Sandy Selesky.


Weather:
Beautiful day as a high pressure system moved over the area. ALmost
cloudless blue skies, temps 6-16 C, Winds W/NW 5-10 mph, with unlimited
visibility.

Raptor Observations:
HIghlights were excellent views of 17 harriers, most of whom were adults
seen close and well, and 44 kestrels, most of which were seen in the
afternoon. Also 1 light-morph Rough-legged Hawk. Our first three-digit
flight of the season. Local non migrating hawks included 4 Ospreys, 3-4
Bald Eagles, including two local breeding adults, 2 local breeding
Redtails, and a pair of Cooper's Hawks. Kestrel migration did not pick up
until 11-12 hour EST, and for the next three hours. Most surprising was
that there were only two Merlins seen in the afternoon when there was
fairly steady migration.

Non-raptor Observations:
Non raptors migrating included 50-60 Tree Swallows, a Barn Swallow, 3
Eastern PHoebes, 8 Killdeer, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet,
1 Palm Warbler and 1 Fox SParrow.

Predictions:
Could be an excellent day for migration, especially inland. Temps are
expected to rise to the lower 70s F, with winds out of the southwest over
10 mph for late morning and all afternoon. Could be excellent on the island
as well.
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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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