Date: 9/27/17 6:43 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (27 Sep 2017) 18 Raptors
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 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 6 6
Bald Eagle 0 8 8
Northern Harrier 0 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 14 14
Cooper's Hawk 0 8 8
Northern Goshawk 1 5 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 16 7372 7372
Red-tailed Hawk 0 8 8
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 3 3
Merlin 0 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 4
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 18 7440 7440
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Observation start time: 09:15:00
Observation end time: 13:15:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: David Lugo

Observers: Jonathan Lugo

Visitors:
None


Weather:
Temperature was 72F at 9:20 and rose to the mid 80s at the end of the
watch. Pretty hazy when we got there with visibility of about 9 miles. It
cleared up as the sun got higher. We had clear skies for the first hour and
a half but some clouds moved in just before 11:00. N/NW wind was at about
5-10 mph. Pressure was 29.97 and rising.

Raptor Observations:
Pretty slow day with all of the Broad-wings coming by from 9:35 to 10:40.
Most were in pairs or singles, with the largest group being four. They were
mostly flying low over the northwest side of the ridge. Only two flew over
the eastern side. One flew over very high at 10:40. We saw the Northern
Goshawk at 11:45. Only a local Red-tailed hawk was spotted after that.

Non-raptor Observations:
Several workers were on the tower while we were there. Three Red-spotted
purples and one Eastern tiger swallowtail were seen. We also counted 6
Monarchs. Saw the usual array of Ravens, Chimney Swifts, and Turkey
Vultures. Saw only one Black Vulture. We saw 2 Tennessee Warblers, 2
Black-throated Blue Warblers; and one each Cape May Warbler, Black-throated
Green Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and a Blue-headed Vireo singing in the
valley.

Predictions:
There is a cold front moving in tomorrow which should bring better
migration conditions over the next several days.
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Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)


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