Date: 9/30/17 3:35 pm
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Subject: [NHBirds] Carter Hill Observatory (30 Sep 2017) 17 Raptors
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 60 60
Osprey 6 113 113
Bald Eagle 0 43 43
Northern Harrier 0 20 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 299 299
Cooper's Hawk 0 53 53
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 9
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3832 3832
Red-tailed Hawk 0 12 12
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 143 143
Merlin 1 24 24
Peregrine Falcon 0 11 11
Unknown Accipiter 0 5 5
Unknown Buteo 0 8 8
Unknown Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Eagle 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 0 27 27

Total: 17 4664 4664

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 4.75 hours

Official Counter: Ken Klapper


Ninety-seven. Rains kept the crowds down today but a few intrepid souls
still visited even then. Of course visitors picked up after the rain
subsided. Thanks for all your stories and questions about raptors, birds,
and wildlife!

Cloudy with intermittent drizzle, and then rain until about 2:30. Light NE
winds. The official count was paused from 11am until 2:15pm due to steady
rain. Clammy with temps from the upper 40's to the low 50's.

Raptor Observations:
A small push of Osprey and Kestrels, plus a few sparrow-eaters. The local
roost of TV's attempted to rise but had trouble getting lift today - I
counted 35 early on. During the break for rain an immature Cooper's Hawk
was seen subtracting one small critter from the orchard's total.

Non-raptor Observations:
Waterfowl were moving (77 Canada Geese, 254 DC Cormorants, plus a few
Mallard or American Black Ducks moving locally. Half a dozen sparrow
species were present again (Swamp, Savannah, Lincoln's, Song,
White-throated, Chipping), five species of woodpecker called or flew over
(Pileated, Flicker, Sapsucker, Downy, Hairy), one warbler was seen (an
adult male Common Yellowthroat), a few butterbutts were heard, and
appearances were made by the common frugivores, corvids (including a murder
of 17 crows), catbird, phoebe, Indigo Buntings, cardinals, etc.

Mostly sunny with 5-10 mph winds from the NW. Dare I say that it ought to
be good? Anyway, a classic raptor watch day is predicted... c'mon down and
help spot distant sharpies and kestrels!
Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>)
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