Date: 9/14/17 5:06 am
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Subject: [NHBirds] Carter Hill Observatory (12 Sep 2017) 183 Raptors
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 5 5
Osprey 4 34 34
Bald Eagle 2 16 16
Northern Harrier 2 4 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 44 44
Cooper's Hawk 3 10 10
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 140 706 706
Red-tailed Hawk 0 2 2
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 15 17 17
Merlin 1 5 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 3 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 4

Total: 183 851 851

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton

Observers: Judd Nathan, Paul Bourgault


The hawk watch began under a baking sun with not a sign of a cloud in the
sky. A few wisps of cirrus seemed to mix in with the grey/brown sludge
smeared over the mountains, but beyond a few contrails and a skim of milky
haze in the afternoon, the skies were largely empty of definition. The
fickle wind puffed lightly from every point in the compass, settling to
come mostly out of the west for the second half of the day. Temperatures
soared to the low 80s.

Raptor Observations:
We had to wait for the local Turkey Vulture gang to take to the skies
before the first migrant raptors came into view. Small kettles of
Broad-winged Hawks rose behind curtains of flying ant clouds, pepper flakes
beyond pepper flakes. An early kettle numbered 30 birds, which seemed to
bode well, but loose, unorganized groups of 2-12 and many solo birds were
all that followed. American Kestrels took up the slack, just about keeping
pace with Sharp-shinned Hawks for the first time this season.

Non-raptor Observations:
Five distant specks rising in a thermal in a flapping, soaring, swirling
flock were shown in a scope to be medium-sized shorebirds. They climbed to
the top of the thermal, than headed off in a line to the west. General
impression of size and shape suggested that they might be large plovers,
but they never came close enough to confirm.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Great Blue Heron- 2
Double-crested Cormorant- 3
shorebird sp.- 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird- 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler- 1
Blackpoll Warbler- 7
warbler sp.- 19
Red Crossbill- 1

Monarch Butterfly- 8

Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<trina16...>)
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