Date: 9/25/17 6:00 am
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (21 Sep 2017) 414 Raptors
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 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 0 5 5
Bald Eagle 0 5 5
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 9 9
Cooper's Hawk 2 7 7
Northern Goshawk 0 2 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 405 5815 5815
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 4
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 3 3
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 1
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: 414 5857 5857
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Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Ron Harrington

Observers: Jeremy Keller, Jill Harrington Scott, Marian Finucane,
Matt Fleenor

Visitors:
Joan Harrington, Bristol, VA, Tom Dye, Honaker, Va, Ken Childress and Jane
Morton of Bristol, VA


Weather:
Mostly sunny skies with highs in the 70s. Winds light and variable mostly
out of the N,NE . Visibility 10 miles with moderate haze.

Raptor Observations:
First Broad-winged hawks starting coming by very low in the valley at 8:55.
Many struggling to find lift and having to flap their wings. Up to eye
level and above by 10:00. Highest numbers counted between 9:00 and 11:00. A
Cooper's hawk was seen chasing a Raven. Red-shouldered hawk was a juvenile.


Non-raptor Observations:
A number of Chimney Swifts were flying around the tower. We saw 1 Eastern
Phoebe 2 E. Wood-Pewees, Blue Jay, Carolina Wren, Downy WP and Pileated WP;
and one Raven under attack by a Cooper's hawk. The Peregrine Falcon came by
in the 10:00 hour.

Predictions:
Weather predicted to be about the same with perhaps more cloud cover. Hawks
will still be moving through.
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Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)


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