Date: 9/8/17 6:00 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (08 Sep 2017) 97 Raptors (1st GE + 3-Falcon Day)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 08, 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 0 0
Osprey 7 51 100
Bald Eagle 10 61 70
Northern Harrier 0 0 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 10 18
Cooper's Hawk 7 14 26
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 4 7
Broad-winged Hawk 47 96 194
Red-tailed Hawk 8 21 38
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 1 1
American Kestrel 7 24 27
Merlin 3 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 2
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 1 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 1 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1

Total: 97 290 502
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Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 18:45:00
Total observation time: 11.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Josh Laubach, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Andrew Sharp, David & Jennifer Spears, Jennifer Jowdy, Normand Spurling,
Nancy Tresp, Barak Brashear, Dixie Sommers, Doug Wigner, Crista Cabe, Guy &
Susan Babineau, Mike Smith, Beth Ann Doerring, and a group of 5 from the
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.


Weather:
Very pleasant (13.1-21.5C), strong WNW Winds early decreasing to mild WNW
Breezes this afternoon. Another cloudless morning but a great sky (50-70%
cloud cover) this afternoon. Very clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
A great day with nearly 100 raptors counted and terrific diversity with 11
raptor species represented! Another very good Eagle day with 10 more BE: 8
adults (10:19, 10:22, 10:22, 11:10, 11:10, 12:37, 12:39, 3:18), 1 2nd-YR
(10:34), and 1 4th-YR (2:09). The highlight of the day was our first
Golden Eagle of the season, an adult at 3:11pm. It gave nice views as it
sailed down the west side of the gap.

We also had a wonderful Falcon flight, and our first 3-Falcon day with at
least one of each species. Merlins were well represented with a very
respectable early season showing of 3 (10:29, 12:18, and 1:27). We were
watching a Kestrel fly down the east side of the gap this morning when the
first Merlin of the day flew in from behind it, dive-bombed it a couple
times, and then sped out south in front of the Kestrel. An immature
Peregrine Falcon gave a direct, fast flyover at 4:26pm.

First Raptor: 8:07 CH, Last Raptor: 5:35 AK.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 DC Cormorant, 1 Great Blue Heron, 164 Chimney Swifts, 37 Hummingbirds, 4
Common Nighthawks, 1 Barn Swallow, 61 Waxwings, 275 Grackles, and 28
Monarch Butterflies.

Predictions:
We will be holding our annual Open House event at the hawk watch tomorrow.
Come join us, enjoy some free refreshments, check out our exciting programs
and displays, and see what's flying over! Looks like we are going to have
cool, nice, sunny weather for the event.
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Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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