Date: 9/25/17 5:54 am
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Sep 2017) 1081 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 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 10 151 200
Bald Eagle 6 148 157
Northern Harrier 2 19 21
Sharp-shinned Hawk 38 404 412
Cooper's Hawk 6 108 120
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 16 19
Broad-winged Hawk 1011 21902 22000
Red-tailed Hawk 2 44 61
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 4 87 90
Merlin 0 23 23
Peregrine Falcon 1 8 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 11 11
Unknown Buteo 0 2 7
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 10 14
Mississippi Kite 0 2 3

Total: 1081 22940 23152
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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: Brenda Tekin

Visitors:
John Rowlett, Betty Mooney, Jennifer Jowdy, Peggy Combs (Richmond), Larry
and Jane Litke, Diane Dusseg, Marty Wegbreit, Kieren Smith, Steven Kucha,
James and Keith Shelton, Priscilla Harris.


Weather:
Nice day with 17.1-28.7C temperatures. Good moderate NW winds early
switching to mild E breezes after 2pm. Partly cloudy with good visibility.

Raptor Observations:
First two raptors were immature Northern Harriers at 7:15 and 7:30am. Last
raptor was a Kestrel at 4:56pm. Beautiful, adult Peregrine Falcon flew SW
behind us low and steady (from the plateau to behind the Inn). Six Bald
Eagles: 4 adults (10:30, 11:34, two at 11:45) and two 2nd-YR (12:23, 2:35).
One big BW group of 627 birds streamed through high and fast from NE to SW
in the 11am hour. Hourly BW counts: 1 (8-9), 158 (9-10), 96 (10-11), 627
(11-12), 10 (12-1), 37 (1-2), 68 (2-3), 11 (3-4), 3 (4-5).

Non-raptor Observations:
3 hot air balloons to the east and 1 to the west early. 61 Monarchs. 89
Swifts. 1 Hummingbird. 9 Red-headed Woodpecker. 1 Sapsucker. 24 Flicker. 30
Blue Jay. 3 Tree Swallow. 3 Raven.
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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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