Date: 9/13/17 5:20 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mount Watatic (13 Sep 2017) 491 Raptors
Mount Watatic
Ashburnham, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 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 3 20 20
Bald Eagle 3 15 15
Northern Harrier 0 5 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 51 51
Cooper's Hawk 1 11 11
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 466 3642 3642
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 11 11
Merlin 3 7 7
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 1 5 5

Total: 491 3768 3768
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Brian Rusnica

Observers:

Visitors:
Judd Nathan, Jim Shannon, Ron Suduiko


Weather:
Warm with little wind to speak of most of the day - a W/WSW breeze came
through in the afternoon. Clear skies became partly cloudy by afternoon -
a welcome reprieve from the searing sun. Temps 63-83F.

Raptor Observations:
A productive morning with several good-sized groups of Broad-winged Hawks
forming kettles and getting lift early. The action tapered off until we
had a great line of Broad-wings between 1 and 2pm EDT - streaming in low,
directly over the east summit and kettling up over the true summit. An
immature Bald Eagle mixed in to the kettle, providing a comical size
comparison. After 2pm, the migrant count dropped off severely as the winds
turned towards the SW, much like yesterday afternoon. Judd Nathan and I
were treated to an extended dogfight between two evenly-matched Merlin
around 2:30pm.

The decoy owl (new nickname: "Margaret") had a busy day, drawing visits
from an American Kestrel, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, and 2 Merlins. Both the
sharpie and the kestrel left "afterburner" flight noises as they passed us.


Non-migrant Raptors:
26 Turkey Vulture / 3 Red-tailed Hawk / 1 Bald Eagle

Non-raptor Observations:
Flying ants were problematic at the summit for a few minutes as the wind
died late morning. We've had worse ant blooms, but never fun to be
inundated with these frenzied bugs.

15 Common Raven

Predictions:
Humid, cloudy with a chance of showers throughout the day. Likelihood of
showers increases late, but hopefully they will hold off till after the
watch. Winds predicted to be light from the WSW. Probably not a banner
day, but we'll find out!
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Report submitted by Brian Rusnica (<brian_rusnica...>)
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http://massbird.org/EMHW/


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