Date: 9/26/17 6:24 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Carter Hill Observatory (26 Sep 2017) 9 Raptors
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 27 27
Osprey 1 98 98
Bald Eagle 0 37 37
Northern Harrier 0 20 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 274 274
Cooper's Hawk 0 48 48
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 9
Broad-winged Hawk 2 3810 3810
Red-tailed Hawk 0 9 9
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 130 130
Merlin 0 20 20
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 5 5
Unknown Buteo 0 8 8
Unknown Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 27 27

Total: 9 4532 4532

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton

Observers: Holly Baur, Pam Hunt

Today's 54 visitors included kindergarten and 3rd grade students from
Jennie Blake Elementary School.

Valley fog obscured everything beyond the trees ringing the orchard for the
better part of the morning, though Carter Hill itself was bathed in
sunlight. A network of cirrus wafted through the sky like snowy diurnal
auroras, while cumulus built to billowing towers over the mountains to the
west. The wind was light and variable, though it seemed to favor the
southern quadrant. Temperatures rose from the 70s to brush 90.

Raptor Observations:
Local Red-tailed Hawks hunted the edges of the orchard while American
Kestrels snagged dragonflies on the wing as they passed on through. The sky
lent itself well to picking out high and distant specks, which were
invariably either Sharp-shinned Hawks or insects, usually the later.

Non-raptor Observations:
A total of 42 avian species were observed at the orchard, only 6 of which
were raptors. A Mourning Dove perched on the platform watched me set up for
the day with cautious curiosity, unwilling to fly off for several minutes
even though I was only a few yards away. Other highlights included a late
Eastern Wood-pewee singing in the distance and 8 species of warblers.

Non-raptor Day List:
Mourning Dove (8), Belted Kingfisher (1), Downy Woodpecker (1), Hairy
Woodpecker (1), Northern Flicker (2), Eastern Wood-pewee (1), Eastern
Phoebe (2), Blue Jay (5), American Crow (1), Common Raven (2), Black-capped
Chickadee (4), Tufted Titmouse (2), White-breasted Nuthatch (1), Eastern
Bluebird (5), American Robin (1), Gray Catbird (1), Cedar Waxwing (2),
Black-throated Blue Warbler (1), Yellow-rumped Warbler (1), Black-throated
Green Warbler (1), Palm Warbler (1), Blackburnian Warbler (1), Blackpoll
Warbler (3), Common Yellowthroat (1), Wilson's Warbler (1), Chipping
Sparrow (~50), Savannah Sparrow (6), Song Sparrow (~20), Lincoln's Sparrow
(5), White-throated Sparrow (~30), White-crowned Sparrow (1), Dark-eyed
Junco (1), Northern Cardinal (1), Indigo Bunting (2), House Finch (2),
American Goldfinch- 6

Monarch Butterfly- 11 (plus another 20 or so that spent the day actively
feeding on the red clover)

One more day of obnoxiously unseasonable heat before a cold front sweeps
through tomorrow night. The wind will be out of the SW at 5-10mph, and
there might be some lingering morning fog to contend with. Far from ideal
conditions from a migration standpoint, but it's always worth slathering on
the sunscreen and bringing a 10 gallon jug of your favorite summer thirst
quencher to see what might turn up in the orchard.
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<trina16...>)
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