Date: 9/12/17 4:39 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (12 Sep 2017) 89 Raptors; one Swallow-tailed Kite!
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 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 33 628 628
Bald Eagle 1 58 58
Northern Harrier 3 34 34
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 9 9
Cooper's Hawk 6 25 25
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 1 37 37
Red-tailed Hawk 0 10 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 19 160 160
Merlin 22 72 72
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Swallow-tailed Kite 1 1 1

Total: 89 1040 1040
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Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Ned Brinkley, Olivia Amash

Weather:
Light to moderate winds were from the east, with mostly cloudy skies and
temperatures in the high sixties and seventies.

Raptor Observations:
A beautiful Swallow-tailed Kite flew over the platform from the north, low
over the pines at 12:25 pm EST. The bird continued to hunt back and forth
for the rest of the afternoon, remaining in the area until at least the end
of the count (and probably beyond)! The bird was enjoyed by many, including
some visitors and Kiptopeke SP staff who are new to birding. The kite
caught many insects over the course of this period, and was occasionally
pestered by passing Merlins. What a memorable experience for all. It is
possible that this bird could still be around tomorrow, and I encourage you
to stop by the platform. Photos will be up on the blog:

http://coastalvirginiawildlifeobservatory.blogspot.com/

There was a trickle of falcons and Ospreys throughout the day and some nice
views of harriers.


Non-raptor Observations:
2 Semipalmated Plovers
1 Cliff Swallow
1 Yellow-throated Warbler

9 Monarchs

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Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484


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