Date: 9/30/17 3:18 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (30 Sep 2017) 31 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 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 2 167 216
Bald Eagle 5 160 169
Northern Harrier 0 22 24
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 562 570
Cooper's Hawk 0 133 145
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 18 21
Broad-winged Hawk 4 22229 22327
Red-tailed Hawk 2 56 73
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 3 102 105
Merlin 0 26 26
Peregrine Falcon 1 15 16
Unknown Accipiter 0 12 12
Unknown Buteo 0 3 8
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 13 17
Mississippi Kite 0 2 3

Total: 31 23525 23737
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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:

Visitors:
Shannon and Chris Updike, Diane Lepkowski, Greg Moyer, Paul and Hannah
Glass, Adam D'Onofrio, Mike Hoekstra, and a few others.


Weather:
Strong NW winds all day, but no clouds. 10.6-20.6C temps. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Five Bald Eagles: An adult with 2nd-YR at 8:34, two adults at 9:45, adult
at 11:10. No raptors at all in the final four hours of the day except for
an immature Peregrine Falcon that appeared out of nowhere low to the left
side of ridge and proceeded to fly through the gap to our SE below eye
level! During the 12-1pm hour there were literally no birds observed in the
sky (no raptors and no vultures!). First bird 6:50 Osprey, last bird 2:10
Peregrine.

Non-raptor Observations:
14 Monarchs. 63 Chimney Swift, 1 Red-headed Woodpecker, 18 Flicker, 53 Blue
Jay, 3 Raven, 25 Tree Swallow.
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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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