Date: 9/19/17 4:25 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Sep 2017) 1684 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 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 8 115 164
Bald Eagle 6 126 135
Northern Harrier 0 9 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 31 174 182
Cooper's Hawk 13 56 68
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 14
Broad-winged Hawk 1611 17668 17766
Red-tailed Hawk 2 35 52
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 7 57 60
Merlin 2 13 13
Peregrine Falcon 1 4 5
Unknown Accipiter 1 5 5
Unknown Buteo 0 1 6
Unknown Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 4 8
Mississippi Kite 0 2 3

Total: 1684 18283 18495
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Dave Hunter

Observers: Brenda Tekin, Gabriel Mapel, Rose Thomas, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Sue & Dan Harvey (Knightdale, NC), Bruce & Sherri Carl, Dave Fischer (Cary,
NC), Beth Ann Doerring, Janet Paisley, Lois Kauffman, Lysanne Taylor,
Elizabeth Hunter (Bakersville, NC), Wendy Ealding, Mary Ames, Paty Elton,
Nancy Gray, Anne & Bob Beckley, Jennifer Jowdy, Leon & Patricia Book (Cape
Girardeau, MO), Mary Mapel, and Bill Nettelhorst (Fond Du Lac, WI).


Weather:
Another foggy morning. The fog cleared on the east side of Rockfish Gap at
8:15am but not on the west side of the gap until 9:45 so one counter was
stationed at the alternate count site (Constitution Park in Waynesboro) to
see the west side of the gap from below the fog until it cleared. Entirely
overcast early with a tough, all blue sky after 1pm. Moderate westerly
winds throughout the day and 19.5-22.2C temps.

Raptor Observations:
A gorgeous morning liftoff with birds rising out of the trees in all
directions, lit up by the sun through high fog! Lots of oohs and aahs.
Quite slow from 10am until after 4pm and it looked like we were not going
to get a good afternoon push but at around 4:25 Mary Mapel spotted a big
kettle over the "Parkway" to the north. Birds kept feeding into the kettle
and then they all started streaming SSE. The majority of them came right
over our heads, low and close! That one group ended up numbering 462
birds. Hourly BW Count: 6 (8-9), 975 (9-10), 11 (10-11), 45 (11-12), 24
(12-1), 5 (1-2), 23 (2-3), 21 (3-4), 501 (4-5).

Decent diversity today with nine raptor species including our second
3-Falcon Day of the season. Two Merlins (11:24 and 11:52) and one adult
Peregrine (4:15). 6 more BE: 3 adults (10:40, 12:42, 1:41) and 3 immature
(10:48 1st-YR, 2:59 unaged immature, 3:17 2nd-YR).

Non-raptor Observations:
13 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 288 Chimney Swifts, 4 Hummingbirds, 4 Common
Nighthawks, 6 Cedar Waxwings, 1 Tanager, 2 N. Rough-winged & 2 Tree
Swallows, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 1 Baltimore Oriole, and 20 Monarch
Butterflies.

Predictions:
Mostly sunny with light northwest winds. Warm.
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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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