Date: 9/20/17 3:35 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (20 Sep 2017) 236 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 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 1 49 50
Bald Eagle 2 48 48
Northern Harrier 3 13 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 23 129 129
Cooper's Hawk 6 42 42
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 5
Broad-winged Hawk 192 5602 5611
Red-tailed Hawk 4 29 30
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 21 21
Merlin 1 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 1 2 2
Unknown Buteo 1 2 2
Unknown Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 236 5952 5963
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: BJ Little

Observers: Joan Boudreau

Visitors:
Jon Little, Harry McCoy, 2 more


Weather:
Warm and hazy. Nice west wind in the morning that died after lunch. The
only clouds were persistent jet trails.

Raptor Observations:
The UB was a possible Swainson's Hawk. Dark buteo with long slim pointed
wings. It did a few swoops, a steep dive and a graceful barrel roll down
behind the crest of the west ridge and never reappeared. As Pete Dunne
wrote in Hawks in Flight, if your Harrier turns into a buteo, it's a
Swainson's. About a one minute look. No pictures. 3:40 pm EDT.

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs 13
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Report submitted by BJ Little (<bluejay48...>)


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