Date: 9/21/17 5:30 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Carter Hill Observatory (21 Sep 2017) 476 Raptors
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1 23 23
Osprey 6 87 87
Bald Eagle 6 33 33
Northern Harrier 0 15 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 235 235
Cooper's Hawk 2 45 45
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 431 3756 3756
Red-tailed Hawk 0 7 7
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 12 105 105
Merlin 1 18 18
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 7 7
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 2 24 24

Total: 476 4370 4370

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Ken Klapper

Observers: Ann Rehlander, Dick DeSeve, Doug Bechtel, Gail McPeek,
Joan McKibben, Ken Bednars, Kim Tuttle, Maureen Joyce,
Mike Bourgault, Paul Bourgault, Robert Vallieres,
Steve Manifold, Sylvia Miskoe, with many more....

One-hundred and sixty, including 87 eigth-graders and 7 teachers and adults
from the McLaughlin School in Manchester. Thanks all for visiting and
sharing the raptor experience with us today at Carter Hill! Thanks again
to the Carter Hill regulars and occasionals who helped greatly :^)

Mostly cloudy, but with plenty of light getting through, creating thermals.
Light to moderate NNW to NE winds. Temps from the upper 60s to the upper
70s. Great weather for being outside. Great clouds for spotting raptors.

Raptor Observations:
A very nice day. Not the four-figure day I was hoping for but any day
approaching 500 total migrant raptors is nothing to complain about.
Notable moments were a ten-minute stretch between 2:40 and 2:50 pm, when a
pair of adult Bald Eagles followed a group of 13 Broad-wings as they
kettled up, then glided to the SW.... quickly followed by an adult and an
immature Bald Eagle doing the same with a group of five Broad-wings. The
4:00 to 5:00 pm hour was generous with American Kestrels, nine being seen
in all corners of the sky, keeping us on our toes.

Non-raptor Observations:
The winds this morning drove much songbird activity to the pond area, where
there was at least one White-throated and one Swamp Sparrow, Common
Yellowthroat, Parula, Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos, and a White-breasted
Nuthatch. Local Catbird continues, but hummingbirds have not been seen in
a few days. Another late Chimney Swift, 16 Canada Geese, a Pileated
Woodpecker, and the usual frugivores and corvids kept things fun during
raptor-less stretches. Eleven Monarchs were spotted today.

Looks good again - partly cloudy, and NNE winds, perhaps a bit gentler.
Are there enough Broad-wings north of us to grant Carter Hill at least one
1000+ migrant day? Please come and help, and find out (a self-fulfilling
prophecy). Bring your spare eyes.
Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>)
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