Date: 9/30/17 3:35 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Carter Hill Observatory (30 Sep 2017) 17 Raptors
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, 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 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
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 4.75 hours

Official Counter: Ken Klapper

Observers:

Visitors:
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!


Weather:
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.

Predictions:
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!
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Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=679


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