Date: 9/11/17 4:36 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mount Watatic (11 Sep 2017) 303 Raptors
Mount Watatic
Ashburnham, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 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 0 0
Osprey 2 13 13
Bald Eagle 2 10 10
Northern Harrier 0 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 32 32
Cooper's Hawk 2 9 9
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 290 2027 2027
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 4 4
Merlin 0 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 4 4

Total: 303 2107 2107
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Brian Rusnica

Observers:

Visitors:
John Carter, Dan Friend, Tad Barney, Bob Callahan


Weather:
Light NW winds in the morning, losing steam in the afternoon before
becoming variable after 3pm EDT. Warm and sunny, icy blue skies for most of
the morning, with some scattered cirrus clouds developing late in the day.
Temps 56-75F.

Raptor Observations:
Despite favorable wind conditions early, a large flight was not visible
from the Watatic hawkwatch today. A few streams of Broad-winged Hawks made
their way south before noon, much lower in altitude than the previous 2
days' flight. Our largest group was just 25 birds at around 3:15pm EDT.


The newly-installed plastic decoy owl got its first visitor today. We
watched a lanky buteo glide in below the horizon, right towards the East
Summit, and were delighted as a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk came up over
the tree line and passed the owl a menacing glance.

Non-migrant Raptors:
8 Turkey Vulture / 2 Red-tailed Hawk / 2 Bald Eagle / 1 Red-shouldered Hawk

Non-raptor Observations:
10 Common Raven / 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Predictions:
Warmer, party cloudy early and clearing late, with light winds from the
WNW, becoming W winds later in the day. Decent enough conditions for more
Broad-winged traffic.
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Report submitted by Brian Rusnica (<brian_rusnica...>)
Mount Watatic information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/


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