Date: 9/29/17 4:36 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Sep 2017) 51 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 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 7 165 214
Bald Eagle 2 155 164
Northern Harrier 0 22 24
Sharp-shinned Hawk 19 549 557
Cooper's Hawk 3 133 145
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 17 20
Broad-winged Hawk 7 22225 22323
Red-tailed Hawk 5 54 71
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 3 99 102
Merlin 0 26 26
Peregrine Falcon 4 14 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 12 12
Unknown Buteo 1 3 8
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 13 17
Mississippi Kite 0 2 3

Total: 51 23494 23706
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Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Dave Hunter, Dave Shoch

Visitors:
Barak Brashear, Buzz Van Santvoord (Orange County), and a few others who's
names were not recorded.


Weather:
Cooler today with 11.0-23.3C temperature range. The sky was cloudless all
morning and then suddenly by 1pm and beyond it was 50-60% cloud cover.
Moderate WNW winds early switching to mild E breezes after 2pm. Very clear
visibility.

Raptor Observations:
A nice, continuous trickle of birds all day. More Peregrine Falcons than
Bald Eagles today! Four Peregrines: 10:30 imm, 1:55 imm, 2:13 ad, 2:30 ad.
Two Bald Eagles, both adult, at 10:05 and 11:15. Many of the Osprey flew
right overhead in great view! The Peregrines all gave great looks high up,
sometimes making a couple circles before zooming southward.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 hot air balloons early. 70 Monarchs. Lot of birds moving in the morning
including: 26 Swifts, 3 Hummingbirds, 4 Red-headed Woodpecker, 1 Sapsucker,
86 Flicker, 404 Blue Jay, 20 Tree Swallow, 5 Raven, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 2
Tennessee Warbler, 48 Waxwing. Many many unidendified warblers flying
through the gap all day.
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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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