Date: 4/16/17 6:02 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (16 Apr 2017) 183 Raptors

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> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
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> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 16, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 1 1
> Turkey Vulture 0 251 511
> Osprey 14 237 237
> Bald Eagle 0 24 59
> Northern Harrier 2 150 154
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 24 342 354
> Cooper's Hawk 3 38 46
> Northern Goshawk 0 4 6
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 72 120
> Broad-winged Hawk 112 460 460
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 84 146
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 22 363 364
> Merlin 1 27 28
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 2
> Unknown Accipiter 0 4 4
> Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
> Unknown Raptor 4 15 19
> Total: 183 2077 2516
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> Observation start time: 07:00:00
> Observation end time: 18:00:00
> Total observation time: 9.75 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Bob Beagan, Dave Gulick, Derek Lovitch, John Lorenc, Tom Downing
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> Visitors:
> Quite a lot of people made it up the hill today. Lots of families gathering for the holiday, people jogging, dogs being walked, and a few hopeful folks looking for a possible rare bird to fly by. FOY shirtless dudes showed up today. "Sun's out guns out."
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> Weather:
> We had a taste of summer at the mountain today. Blue skies and temps which climbed into the 70's. Winds remained strong for most of the day, coming from the southwest at the start of the day but quickly shifting to a more westerly orientation up until 5pm. By the official closing time winds finally died off, making for a spectacularly pleasant evening with a very light southwest breeze. In Portland, the second highest temperature on record for April was recorded. 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
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> Raptor Observations:
> Not a bad day for raptors, but not the day I had envisioned. Birds could be found all over the sky today, many of which were high above, and appeared as dark specs even when viewed in the spotting scope. By 5pm winds finally subsided, and falcons started flying. A few observers stayed late to watch as the American Kestrels powered their way north.
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> Non-raptor Observations:
> At midday a I heard a startled voice shout out from low on the summit, "what are these?" I turned to find a small kettle consisting entirely of Common Ravens. There were twelve birds in total, and after mixing around for a second, they seemed to pair up with each other as they flew to the west. That was the largest group of Ravens I have witnessed from this site. It's hard too look away from Ravens, they're such cool birds. Once the winds let up at the end of the day Tree Swallows came out in force. Small swarms of them could be seen darting back and forth against the evening sky. 36 species were seen or heard today.
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> Predictions:
> Tomorrow should be a nice day with mostly sunny skies and temps in the mid 60's. Winds should be out of the west-northwest at around 10-15mph. As long as winds are not gusting to strongly, we ought to see some more movement tomorrow.
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> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp

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