Date: 4/11/17 5:32 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (10 Apr 2017) 45 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 10, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 5 58 80
Osprey 3 13 15
Bald Eagle 1 2 3
Northern Harrier 20 74 83
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 4 4
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 13 130 131
Merlin 0 6 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 3 3

Total: 45 305 347
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Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Ted Mara

Observers: Bob Secatore, David Goodine, John Cannizzaro, Paul Roberts,
Ted Mara, Tom Graham, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers who helped with the count included Andrea Cannizzaro, Mike
Cocorochio, and Tom Wetmore.


Weather:
Winds SW-W-S at 3-15 mph. 12-26C on the warmest day of the year so far.
Cloud cover 0-30%. Visibility 50 km. Winds tended to be more southerly than
westerly, which is not great for the island.

Raptor Observations:
There was an early, steady flow of harriers, but as winds grew a bit
stronger, kestrel flight did not really pick up. Non-migrating raptors
included 3 Turkey Vultures, 4 Ospreys, 2 Bald Eagles, 3 Northern Harriers,
and 3 Red-tailed Hawks

Non-raptor Observations:
A number of FOY species seen on the refuge. At Lot 1 migrants included 3
Snowy Egrets, 7 Northern Flickers, 2 Eastern Kingbirds, and Golden and
Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Predictions:
Forecast is for hotter than today, with 5-8 mph SW winds. That is weaker
than desired, and like today might be more SSW or S rather than westerly.
With weak winds and high temps, fewer migrant hawks are seen on the island
and some of those may be soaring and flying quite high, more difficult to
see against the blue sky. If winds are more westerly or rise above 10mph,
could have a good pulse of migrants. Reports from Bradbury Mtn for today
show that good movement was occurring inland 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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