Date: 9/23/17 5:33 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (23 Sep 2017) 250 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 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 10 141 190
Bald Eagle 8 142 151
Northern Harrier 0 17 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 34 366 374
Cooper's Hawk 4 102 114
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 16 19
Broad-winged Hawk 185 20891 20989
Red-tailed Hawk 3 42 59
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 4 83 86
Merlin 0 23 23
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 8
Unknown Accipiter 1 11 11
Unknown Buteo 0 2 7
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 9 13
Mississippi Kite 0 2 3

Total: 250 21859 22071
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers:

Visitors:
Lots of visitors including: Bill Lipcsey, Darlene and Kirk Jordan, Carolyn
Stober and David Simmons (from Chicago, thanks for your eyes today and for
spotting that Bald Eagle Carolyn!), Sara Hurley (CA), Greg Moyer, Rebecca
and Anthony Armstrong, Michael Kelly, Shannon Brennon, Tyler Terpin,
Melissa Gross, Kelly Siderio and Isac Blum (Philadelphia, PA), Sheryl Black
(Florida), Len Smock (Richmond), Betty Mooney, Jennifer Jowdy, Tim and
Bonnie Dayton (Roanoke), Blake/Jordon/Shea/Randy Jennings (Charlotte, NC),
Jonathan and Anita Lee (Grottoes), Joyce Cambron and Chris Baroody
(Lexington, VA), Amy Wilson, Martha Keith, Barak Brashear, Staufer MIller,
Jenny Gaden, Bill Nettlehorst, Susan Hastings.


Weather:
Warm day with 17-23.2C temperature range. Moderate, consistent NW winds
early made for an active morning but then the winds died down to a calm,
mild breeze after 1pm. Clear blue skies all day. Thanks to everyone who
helped find birds in the blue!

Raptor Observations:
A nice flight of BWs in the morning with 58, 65, and 35 birds in the hours
between 9am-noon. Eight Bald Eagles: 1st-YR at 7:20am and adults at 9:10,
10:53 (2), 11:10, and 1:56 (3). First bird: 7:20 BE. Last bird: 4:57 Osprey
(thanks for spotting that Bill!).

Non-raptor Observations:
5 hot air balloons early in the morning out to the east. A yearling Black
Bear spotted across the gap near the teepees. 74 Monarchs. 2 Hummingbirds,
2 Red-headed Woodpecker. 27 Northern Flicker. 4 Raven. 10 Waxwing. 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak. 671 Common Grackle.
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Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
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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