Date: 9/19/17 6:28 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (19 Sep 2017) 1110 Raptors
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, 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 2 4 4
Bald Eagle 2 5 5
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 3 3
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 1103 4482 4482
Red-tailed Hawk 1 2 2
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 1 1
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 1110 4504 4504
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Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Ron Harrington

Observers: Donna Osborne, Freddie Osborne, Matt Fleenor, Sam Evans

Visitors:
None


Weather:
For most of the day it was sunny with high, clear skies and only an
occasional cloud for backdrop. A rain shower rolled over part of the
mountain range late in the day. During the morning there was a light and
steady breeze of 5-15 mph out of the east, but it became calm around 11:00,
followed by a light breeze from the west during the afternoon. Visibility
was approximately 15-20 miles, impaired by haze. Temperature was in the
upper 70s by afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Most of the Broad-winged hawks came by during the morning, with 930 counted
by 11:00. These were generally easy to see with unaided vision. However as
we moved into the afternoon they were flying high and hard to find. We had
a kettle of 100 during the 2:00 hour. Only one hawk was counted after 2:30.
The American Bald Eagles were adults. The Osprey were flying together.

Non-raptor Observations:
No much in the way of song birds. Saw two Ravens and the usual array of
local Turkey/Black Vultures. Counted 18 Monarch Butterflies.

Predictions:
Conditions should be about the same.
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Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)


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