Date: 9/6/17 8:05 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Carter Hill Observatory (01 Sep 2017) 9 Raptors
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 1 1
Bald Eagle 1 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 5 5 5
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 9 9 9

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Ken Klapper

Observers: Ken Bednars, Mike Bourgault, Paul Bourgault, Phil Brown

This is the 10th continuous year of counting raptors and other migrants at
the Carter Hill Observatory - certainly an important milestone, and a
multitude of thanks is due to all the donors, volunteers, visitors, staff
and other supporters who have made this possible! A special thank you as
well to the Larocque family for hosting us at your home and business!
About 136 people braved the wind on the platform to admire the landscape,
spend quality time with friends and family, and look for and chat about
raptors, migration, and nature.

Mostly cloudy, cool and blustery - and actually downright cold to start.
Winds from the NW in the high teens, gusting to near 30mph by late morning,
but easing to the low teens by the afternoon (but still gusty).
Temperatures ranged from the low 50's to the mid-60's, but it felt like it
was in the 40's during the morning hours.

Raptor Observations:
Single migrants of several species (Osprey, adult Bald Eagle at 11:15, and
a Sharpie), along with a small handful of Broad-wings, migrating singly.
Local birds, including Bald Eagles (at least two pairs of adults and an
immature), Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper's and Sharpies, and Turkey Vultures
gave us something interesting to look at for most of the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Highlights include Nashville & Black-throated Green Warblers, Common
Yellowthroats, Scarlet Tanagers, Bobolinks, Least Flycatcher, RT
Hummingbirds, Barn Swallows, Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings and even a
migrating Monarch. Two adult loons, probably a local pair, gave a
spectacular show calling and circling around the orchard in the morning.
Thirty-one species or birds were recorded for the day.

Light NW winds and sunny skies should predominate - we should have higher
numbers of migrants unless the winds peter out altogether, but in the very
least we should enjoy a most pleasant Saturday outside.
Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>)
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