Date: 9/28/17 7:04 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (28 Sep 2017) 8 Raptors
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 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 1 7 7
Bald Eagle 0 8 8
Northern Harrier 0 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 15 15
Cooper's Hawk 2 10 10
Northern Goshawk 0 5 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 4 7376 7376
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: 8 7448 7448
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Scott Turner

Observers: Mike Sanders, Ron Harrington

Visitors:
A home-school group (3 teachers and 8 students) from Kingsport, TN


Weather:
The day started overcast and hazy, with a visibility of 2 miles.Very
gradually the sun broke through, bringing a little light to the landscape
about 10:00 with small improvement to visibility.Clearing continued
steadily until the end of observations, when the weather was mostly sunny
and the visibility was 25 miles.During the morning there was a light breeze
of 5-10 mph from the north northwest, which picked up around 1:00 to 7-15
mph and swung to the west northwest. Temperature rose from 64 to a high of
75 around 12:00 before falling slightly. Sea Level Pressure was 30.1
inches.

Raptor Observations:
The Broad-winged hawks came by during the morning, with 3 of the 4 counted
by 11:00. The Osprey went by to the east at 1:40. A local Red-tailed Hawk
showed itself repeatedly, favoring the ridge a mile or two to the
northeast.


Non-raptor Observations:
Many local Turkey and Black Vultures were gliding in the area,
once the sun penetrated some of the clouds. A Great Blue Heron
was seen flying down by the river to the northwest.
The most noteworthy songbirds were a Red-headed Woodpecker and a
Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Also identified were an Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jays,a
Black-throated Blue Warbler, an Eastern Towhee, Carolina Chickadees,
Chimney Swifts, Common Ravens, American Crows,a Pileated Woodpecker, a
Carolina Wren, a White-breasted Nuthatch, and a Northern Flicker.


Predictions:
Continued influence of the cold front could encourage raptor
migration tomorrow.

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Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)


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