Date: 4/11/17 7:14 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (11 Apr 2017) 12 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 11, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 58 80
Osprey 4 17 19
Bald Eagle 0 2 3
Northern Harrier 1 75 84
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 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 6 139 140
Merlin 0 6 8
Peregrine Falcon 1 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 3

Total: 12 320 362
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 13:30:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Ted Mara, Ursula Goodine

Observers: Bob Secatore, David Goodine, Geoff Woods, John Cannizzo,
Tom Graham, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers helping with the count included Geoff Woods, Matthew Nash, Tom
Graham and Tom Wetmore.


Weather:
Instant summer, with weak SW winds early shifting to a sea breeze (SE/SSE)
at 10 am EST for the remainder of the day. Temps climbed to 25 C before the
sea breeze set in. Sunny, but limited visibility in the warm, dirty air
with heat shimmers.

Raptor Observations:
Very modest early movement on very weak SW winds, ground to a halt with
change to sea breeze. Local, non-migrating raptors included 2 Ospreys, 2
Bald Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, and 1 American
Kestrel.
MIgrant Ospreys were very high.

Stronger SW winds inland in southern New England and high temperatures
provided good migration conditions for birds moving inland. Bradbury Mtn in
Pownal, Maine had weak winds, turning SE, but had another excellent day
with 361 hawks including 40 Northern Harriers and 100 kestrels. Plum really
needs winds with a westerly component over 10-12 mph to push migrants
closer to the coast in the Newburyport area.

Non-raptor Observations:
Local nonraptors included 2 Great Egrets, 1 Snowy Egret, 1 Killdeer, 2
Northern Flickers, 50+ Tree Swallows, 2 Song SParrows and 1 Chipping
Sparrow.

Predictions:
Temps drop and winds come off the water Wednesday, with a chance of
thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Thursday look much better with
forecasts for NW winds @ 13+ mph.
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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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